Dancing to Connect worked with youth in San Pedro Sula deemed at risk to impacts of the county's high levels of violence. Three new works of choreography were created and premiered.
Responding to high levels of violence across Honduras, Battery Dance conducted its Dancing To Connect Program with a focus on gender based violence and female empowerment. Battery worked with 75 youth, creating 3 new pieces for 2 public performances at the end of the trip. We were determined to establish sustainability from these workshops too; teaching skills aimed to empower and support the growth of dance and the arts in Honduras. Therefore they were also attended by 4 trainees, and included tech, lighting and grant writing sessions.
This program was timed alongside International Women's Day. What better way to spend the day than bringing the community together to celebrate dance whilst tackling questions about gender based violence. Indeed, March 8th offered the perfect opportunity to showcase the collaboration.
Dancing to Connect in Mexico City
Battery's first venture to Mexico reached a total of 100 youths. Workshops were carried out at 5 Faros across the city. We came to learn that Faro translates to 'Lighthouse', a fitting name for the community cultural centers that hosted us.
During a full week of workshops and rehearsals the students worked with Battery to create 5 brand new pieces of work in the lead up to the Feria Internacional de las Culturas Amigas Festival. The annual festival featured representatives of 89 countries from across the world; a melting pot of cultures for us to premier our new works within.