Dances for Solidarity
Who is someone who inspires you?
Almost everyone in my life has inspired me!
What Project would a laptop help you with?
Dances for Solidarity co-creates choreography with people who are incarcerated and then utilizes this choreography in public performances with formerly incarcerated individuals. The project asks audiences to reconsider their misconceptions about who goes to prison, and what punishment and justice can look like. Throughout the life of the project, we have collaborated with hundreds of people behind bars throughout the United States and have groups of formerly incarcerated collaborators in New Orleans and New York City. We use the embodied power of dance to carry forth alternative narratives about the carceral state. COVID has severely impacted our ability to not only gather, but to even remain connected. Many of our collaborators do not have reliable access to wi-fi or a device, which has not only cut them off from collaboration with Dances for Solidarity but has cut them off from reliably attending school, applying for relief funds, or pursuing other artistic outlets. As a result, we are seeking donations of cellular-enabled tablets to help us with connectivity.
What do you love about this project?
Dance as a form of freedom, using my experience to lift up others. I love that it creates a community of disparate people through dance. I love that we create a space where we put forth an intention for everyone to feel equal in spaces where so many inequities exist. I love that all collaborators are able to see themselves as artists, perhaps in ways they had never seen before. And I love how this project interrogates who is allowed the priviledge to be a dancer or a choreographer.
What Languages do you speak?
Given a choice, would you prefer a Mac or PC?
Ipads (Cellular enabled)