Prototype for a Ritual Of Bitter Water, performed for tenants who have been displaced from or who are in the process of fighting a no-fault eviction.
Names and addresses are written, then washed away with water. Mourners ingest this bitter water, transforming it into a performative act to publicly mark the site of displacement. Bitter circumstances enter the body as bitter water, and escape as a chant, as tears, as a gesture of survival.
The service has been workshopped with performers at UC Berkeley and performed initially at San Francisco City hall for residents of Yerba Buena Island protesting their eviction.