Human Rights Day Celebration of Women in Music and Dance
International Human Rights Art Festival
The International Human Rights Art Festival hosts a women-centered performance evening of music and dance to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We are highlighting issues of concerns to women, to honor the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt, chair of the drafting committee and spiritual advisor for and married to four-term American president Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Dancing Georgina Project: Performing “Deconstructing Venus: A Moving Female Portrait” – Choreography by Kyle Georgina Marsh. Throughout history, flowers and plants have been used as symbols to define the female body, femininity, and fertility. Reexamining the female form and its relationship to nature by contextualizing this idolization “Deconstructing Venus” creates a viscerally responsive, moving portrait of “womanhood” by utilizing a dance vocabulary developed from written texts and poems about the gender and sexuality of plant life; romanticizing and abstracting the female body in all of its flowering beauty.
Xiomara Evans: Her piece is inspired by Jayne Cortez's poem, "If the Drum is a Woman", and by Edvard Munch's painting, "Woman", which depicts haunting anxiety. The dancer, Xiomara Evans (Costa Rica/USA), conceived this piece to raise awareness about domestic violence and to explore women's rights issues. The performance combines beautiful dance, theater, and live-music to convey a powerful message: "if the drum is a woman, do not abuse your drum." Featuring live-music by Salieu Suso, kora, & Ebrima Jassey, balafon.
The International Human Rights Art Festival is a growing initiative to connect artists, activists, politicians, and community members through events around the world. We produce art-advocacy events throughout the year, culminating in a week-long Festival.
Photo is of Xiomara Evans.
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