Artivism Dance Theatre is a collective dedicated to bringing awareness of social issues to a wide range of audiences through dance theatre. We value community and collaboration; working with various organizations around the city through workshops, classes, and volunteer opportunities. Our work is rooted in the belief that art, and specifically movement, can communicate perspective and experience across gaps in culture, language, and tradition that might otherwise remain unbreachable.
Artivism Dance Theatre creates and fosters art with a purpose. Artivism prioritizes communication of social message over esoteric performance, often using multimedia techniques in our work. Artivism Dance Theatre is comprised of dance professionals with years of experience in both performance and instruction. Trained in a great variety of techniques Artivism's repertoire displays the expertise of company members ranging from movements of the African diaspora to Ballet.
Every year Artivism hosts MOVEment for Change; a platform for socially conscious artists to share their vision for a world made better through artistry. Curated by ADT, this cabaret-style event brings together a collection of artists from various disciplines (including dance, theatre, poetry, stand-up comedy, and visual arts) for a night of sharing and discussion. In addition, the New Orleans based company creates an original full-length performance, an excerpt of which was nominated for Best Performance at the Gambit Classical Arts Awards 2018. Artivism Dance Theatre performed for "She Created Her Life" at Rich Mix London in April 2018 as well as in "Perspectives" in New Orleans, LA in June 2018 and in "Intensify" at the Brown-Holt Chapel Arts Center in Baton Rouge, LA in July 2018. In 2019 we premiered two new works; "The Elephants" and "Our Unmentionables". "Our Unmentionables" was invited to be a part of the New Orleans Infringe Festival. We also began a partnership with NOLA Spaces, where we host weekly open company classes for adults and quarterly dance intensives.
For youth, we run weekly dance therapy classes at the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center in Orleans Parish in which we bring dance classes to incarcerated youth. Each week we teach the young people housed at the juvenile detention center dance techniques and explore choreographic techniques that allow them to express their experiences through movement.
We are beginning a new partnership in 2020 with the Community Commitment Education Center. At the CCEC, we will be running weekly dance and yoga classes for senior citizens and dance classes for youth. We hope these youth classes will be a space where our students from JJIC, once released, can continue to dance with us. We also teach after school dance classes through the DEA Education Outreach Program- a national initiative to keep students in after-school activities and away from drug use.
Artivism also works with local New Orleans artists and perform as the back up dancers for the Cole Williams Band.