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Choreopoem

for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enufis a choreopoem, a poem (really a series of 20 separate poems) choreographed to music. The performers dance the poems as well as narrate the lines. These are not poems set to music with accompanying dance steps, but an integration of movement, gesture, and music that together comprise the choreopoem. Improvisation is central to the choreopoem, allowing the performer to adjust the performance to her own mood and that of the audience. Shange invented this medium as a way to produce a new space for the expression of black culture, a medium that would not be judged by the stifling conventions of European and American theater because it defies definition.

Monologue

The twenty poems of for colored girls... were written and read at women's bars in San Francisco long before Shange decided to weave them together into a...

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