VOICES MATTERS captures the emotions of the people on the street and then paired them with dance movements, illustrating those feelings through female energy. These results will then be utilized to create artistic pieces for public consumption with the intent of furthering Dialogue and Peace and willingness to face controversial encounters.
Armed only with an iPhone we began to roam the streets of our respected cities during the governmental pre elections of New York and France and started to ask and to listen. To incite Dialogue, to invite a reply and introspection, to archive these unprecedented times in our humanity, we are willing to face even the ones who are most likely not desiring to talk to us. Could our "differences" (gender, race, age, status, religious beliefs) be the gate into truly respecting the other?
VOICES MATTERS is going to Germany to archive the up and coming elections in Sept 24, 2017.and meet face to face one of the strongest European country who birthed the Nazi movement and is at this date the European country who welcomed the most refugees.
Your generosity no matter how small or big will support the pre production, the plane tickets, the subway fare, the technical needs of 12 days of shooting and the myriads of unexpected events we will face. As artists we have vowed to use our art as a weapon for peace and in these times , it is becoming clear that "EVERYTHING STARTS WITH DIALOGUE" and "DIALOGUE is an adventure; an adventure available to everyone." (D.Ikeda) As dancers we will use our body to illustrate what is hidden ,dormant, what needs to be talked and vented about, shared and what needs to be heard.What if our dialogue could melt the walls surrounding our deepest truth as interconnected human beings and start the healing process? With your support, we will advance PEACE.
We thank you in advance to be part of this adventure taking us out of our comfort zone and reaching beyond what we know. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL.
- Robin and Ali Selim
- Marianne Hardart
- Knox Clayton
- Kimberly Stack
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