In Our Contemporary Moment...
as racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia proliferate in public space and public policy, Daring Dances embraces how dance, through artmaking and spectatorship, invites us into difficult conversations—conversations among those with whom we share identities and values and conversations across difference.
We center our work in the southeastern region of Michigan, supporting emerging new work by choreographers based in the Midwest, encouraging students at the University of Michigan making dance related to social justice, and conducting “Experiments in Coalition,” community engagement work that brings together communities around dance performance making and viewing.
Daring Dances contends we can use our bodies to stage dissent; that dancing teaches us (again and again) that policy and rhetoric have material effects on people’s lives and physical existences; and that, once we have shoulder-to-shoulder, live encounters, we might engage one another more deeply.
Funded by University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.