The VORTEX presents Tales of a Blerd Ballerina

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Valoneecia Tolbert will unveil a workshop production of her new play, Tales of a Blerd Ballerina. A choreopoem of stories told with humor, dance, and music, Tales of a Blerd Ballerina centers the Blerd (black nerd) experience, embracing diverse communities and generating vital conversations around black identity.

This unashamed art pulls concepts and style from both the Afro-Diaspora and Jazz Aesthetic while also focusing on stories of growing up as a Blerd child of the '80s. It is a piece about cultural pride, yearning, and proclamation of self in a world that often wants us to narrowly fit into contrived ideas of what being Black means.

Timely and funny, these initial pandemic workshop presentations provide the springboard for the world premiere and subsequent tour of this delightful new play.

The production is available for both in-person and virtual viewing.

Event Details


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The Vortex
2307 Manor Rd.
Austin, TX 78722


Ticket Info

$15-$35 for in-person seating; $10 for livestream.