The Gospel According to Jocelyn is an autobiographical motion picture that details Jocelyn Chambers’ personal experiences as a black woman in America. The performance cycles through the different stages of Chambers’ life from her physical creation to her self-identity. The performance touches on Chambers’ experience with blackness, how it has affected her, how she reacts to it and how others react to it, and how she uses it as a strength in her day-to-day life.
“The Gospel According to Jocelyn is an in-depth look at the heart-to-heart combat between a young black girl and the system that has oppressed her since conception,” shared Chambers.
When deciding to submit a project to the New Works Festival, Chambers wanted to create a project that encompassed her interests and the interests of her people.
“[I] really want people to understand and empathize with the experiences of black women all across America,” said Chambers. “I think it’s a vital piece for the festival. I know that not a lot of people of color get to articulate their experiences in a way that’s uninterrupted.”
Jocelyn Chambers is senior music composition major at The University of Texas at Austin. The Gospel According to Jocelyn is part of the Cohen New Works Festival. The last showing is April 13 at 4:30 p.m. in Bates Recital Hall.