Dances for Solidarity: New Orleans Performance


Upcoming work-in-progress performances:
  • May 9 at the Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane
  • May 10 at the corner of Press Street and Royal Street, the site of Homer Plessy’s arrest in 1892
Both performances will take place at 7pm.
Dances for Solidarity is an ongoing project directed by Sarah Dahnke to create dance with people who are incarcerated and perform those dances on the outside. It began as a letter-writing campaign, inviting incarcerated people in solitary confinement (SEG) to all perform the same dance sequence as an act to unite people in different spaces through dance. Many incarcerated recipients of this invitation to dance responded by creating their own dance phrases, writing them down, and sending them in the mail, allowing for collaboration between people on the inside and outside.

Performing dances on the outside, created by folks on the inside, is an attempt to counteract the dehumanization that occurs when people are incarcerated and is often difficult to reclaim in society, even after release.

The project has grown over the past 2.5 years, with chapters in Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO and incarcerated collaborators in Louisiana, Texas, Illinois, Missouri, California and Colorado.

Dances for Solidarity will be presenting a community-based performance of this work in New Orleans, danced by a core group of formerly incarcerated women. This performance has been created while in residence at A Studio in the Woods.

We’d like to gratefully acknowledge Newcomb Art Museum and NOCCA for hosting performances, VOTE for the rehearsal space, and performers Dolfinette Martin, Shantell Turner, Rhonda Oliver, Latasha Williams, and Adinas Perkins.

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