OCTOBER 10-12

“Pressure makes diamonds,” responded filmmaker Michelle Parkerson in 1990 when asked about the chilling effect of conservatism on the arts. “Our work will probably become better.” Now that prophecy seems to be coming true. “Women of Substance,” a collaborative performance piece premiering at Dance Place this weekend, finds Parkerson joining forces with equally fierce artists Kimberli Boyd and Kwelismith. Boyd, a former member of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, dances and speaks in Nana’s Wedding Suit, which tells the myth of a poisoned suit given to Boyd’s grandmother as a Trojan horse-style peace offering from her groom’s ex-wife. Kwelismith combines music, poetry, and kitchen appliances, among other things, in The White Things That Black Women Do to Survive, a parody of white symbolism—washing dishes with Dove, using white body lotion, the sterile coats of slaughterhouse workers, and of course, the wedding dress. Parkerson presents Loving Eunice, a theater piece that sets a young woman’s sexual coming of age against the backdrop of Harlem Renaissance nightlife. See what has crystallized at 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 3 & 7 p.m. Sunday at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $15. (202) 269-1600. (Holly Bass)