“Tiney Winey” (Performance Art – still shots)

by Rosamond S. King

“Tiny Winey” is a work of movement-based performance art that confronts stereotypes about Caribbean women’s bodies and dancing, performed to the classic soca song of the same name. It is offered as part of this tribute to Michelle Cliff, who also confronted stereotypes and binaries.

“Tiny Winey” was presented as a work-in-progress at Dixon Place and Call and Response: Black Women & Performance. A new version was performed as part of the 2017 New Traditions Festival.

The headpiece for Tiny Winey was created by Kenyatta AC Hinkle as part of her Kentifrica project.

An essay about this piece appears in the journal Obsidian.


photo credit: Dennie Eagleson

Rosamond S. King is a critical and creative writer and artist. Her book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination won the 2015 Caribbean Studies Association Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Prize for the best Caribbean Studies Book. Her scholarship has also appeared in several journals, including Callaloo, The Journal of West Indian Literature, Women and Performance and Thought & Action, the journal of the NEA. King regularly presents at conferences and has spoken about her research around the world. She is also a poet, artist and performer. Her poetry has appeared in more than two dozen journals and anthologies, and she has performed widely at spaces such as Poets House, the African Performance Art Biennale and the Encuentro Performance Festival. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, awards and creative residencies. Her poetry collection Rock | Salt | Stone has recently been published by Nightboat Books (2017).