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A Dance Initiative Addressing Gender-Based Violence
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:22 am EDT 07/13/21

Tabula Rasa Dance Theater
Presents
ONE OF FOUR
SELECT DATES JULY THROUGH AUGUST

A dance initiative addressing gender-based violence
"Gender-based violence is the most common form of violence among us and is the least reported human rights violation." -United Nations Spotlight Initiative

ONE OF FOUR ( World Premiere)

Music: Hildegard von Bingen, Mano Goreda
Choreography: Felipe Escalante
Dancers: Noriko Naraoka, Myles Hunter, Caitlin Javech, Anica Bottom, Paulo Gutiérrez
Costumes: Lilian Moysen
Manikins: Noriko Naraoka
Hildegard Von Bingen Performed by Christopher Preston Thompson
Music: Tenor and Medieval Harp: Christopher Preston Thompson
*content warning

The title "One of Four" comes from the statistic that 1 out of every 4 women will be raped in college in the United States.
We are acutely aware that gender-based violence is a highly sensitive issue. Tabula Rasa Dance Theater has the deepest respect for survivors of emotional and physical abuse. Many of us, directly or indirectly, have been irreversibly harmed by abuse.* Through movement, we are sharing our outrage and our pain. We believe dance has transformative powers and the potential to inspire compassion and empathy.

In the piece, three female-identifying dancers and two gender- nonconforming dancers will partner with manikins representing their abusers. These life-size, cumbersome figures will symbolize how the trauma of emotional and physical abuse is a weight borne by victims forever.

At certain points, the manikins-hoisted overhead, thrown to the the floor, or entwined, swung, and dragged around dancers' bodies-become almost indistinguishable from the performers themselves. These dummy figures seem animated, at times fused with the dancers into a single, knotty, multi-limbed entity.
Shuddering movements and spasmodic contractions reflect the brutality of the survivors' experiences. The dancers sometimes appear to lose control over the dolls, or find that the articulated, inanimate figures are attacking them.

Occasionally, the large, heavy figures seem to crush the dancers with their weight, and immobilize them.
The performers show, with abstract, clear, dynamic movements, how the psychological and physical toll of assault is permanent. Whether or not the shadow-like manikins are inextricably entangled with the dancers, the burden they represent remains, leading to anxiety, denial, despair- and possibly, to hope and healing.



"One of Four" has been developed through the generous support of the Ford Foundation.

SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 15 3:00pm Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Friday, July 16 3:00pm Bronx Van Cortland Park, Woodlawn Playground and Performance Space
Saturday, July 17* 7:00pm New York City Center, 130 West 56th Street, The Rudolf Nureyev Studio
Thursday, July 22 5:30pm Hudson Yards Public Square and Garden
Friday, July 23 6:00pm Prospect Park, Concert Grove Pavilion
Saturday, August 7 3:00pm Bronx Van Cortland Park, Woodlawn Playground and Performance Space
Monday, August 16 3:00pm Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater
Tuesday, August 31 3:00pm Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater

Live and Virtual Performance*

Tickets Available at www.tabularasadancetheater.com

Ticket Prices: 63 cents* to $60

*Ticket price for formerly incarcerated individuals and their families, and for anyone with either a legal or illegal immigration status.

63 cents is the average minimum wage paid to incarcerated individuals in the State of New York. (By charging 63 cents per ticket, Tabula Rasa Dance Theater brings awareness to this human rights issue and makes dance affordable to people who might otherwise be unable to experience live performances.)
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