March 18 | 5-8pm Eastern
March 26 | 6-9pm Eastern
Facing our Present with Anaelisa Jacobsen | Founder, Manos Unidas Multicultural Educational Cooperativeand Dennis Powell | President, NAACP Berkshire County Branch
April 1 | 5-8pm Eastern
Radical Imagination with Shirley Edgerton | Founder, Rites of Passage and Empowerment program, ROPE Berkshires
April 8 | 5-8pm Eastern Closing Session and Community Action
|Engage in learning and create movement towards liberation and social change through Dance for Social Justice™ (DSJ)! |
Open to Berkshire-region community members, artists from all mediums, and those invested in social justice themes concerning the Berkshires region. All levels welcome! Ages 12+. Movement experience not required.
Led by Mar Parrilla and Claudia Elena Varela, artists of Danza Orgánica, this series is in collaboration with Berkshire-region community partners, artists, and organizations.
Join us for this four-part workshop series and co-create work in response to social justice themes emerging in our Berkshire-region communities. Participants will be compensated for their time, active participation, and creative contribution. We ask that participants are present in all 4 workshops to be eligible for the honorarium.Click here for a video message from Mar Parrilla about the experience.
Workshops are designed as a communal experience, hosted on Zoom for the safety and accessibility of participants. Spanish translation will be available through Zoom Chat. Live Captioning will be provided through REV, displaying English captions in real-time, with limited lag. Transcriptions available.
Presented in partnership with the Pittsfield Moves! community initiative.
Mar Parrilla is an Afro-Indigenous/Afro-Taíno Borikua choreographer based in Boston. She is the founding artistic director of Danza Orgánica and has received awards from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Boston Foundation.
Claudia Elena Varela joined Danza Orgánica in 2017 to use dance to process embodied and witnessed social issues and advocate for social justice. She holds a Dance B.A. and a Bioengineering B.S. from the University of California San Diego.
Photo credits — Header: Mar Parrilla leads a Dance for Social Justice™ workshop at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires in 2017; photo Ernesto Gaán. Mar Parrilla; photo Tamira Lawrence. Claudia Varela; photo Joseph Lee.
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