Dance and Human Trafficking
BolderLife is excited to be partnering with The Schiff Dance Collective, iEmpathize, and regional dance companies and choreographers in bringing you two evenings of BolderLife Dance Performance raising awareness about human trafficking.
THE FASTEST-GROWING CRIME IN THE WORLD
Human trafficking, one of the fastest growing crimes in the world, is hard to look at, to even know how to look at, but right now over 28 million people live in slavery – 5.5 MILLION OF WHOM ARE CHILDREN – and that must be looked at. DANCE CAN HELP DO THAT. Dance is one of humanity’s oldest and most powerful tools of communication, capable of probing issues, expressing feelings, and communicating information words cannot.Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world, enslaving 28 million people, including 5.5 MILLION CHILDREN.
“There are more slaves around the world right now than at any time in recorded history. A problem that most people think ended more than a century ago is, in fact, thriving as never before… In 1850, the cost of a slave (in today’s dollars) was $40,000, the average price of a slave today is $90.”
“It is estimated that at least 29.8 million people today are forced to live in slavery around the world today.”
BolderLife is pleased to be working with The Schiff Dance Collective: The Schiff Dance Collective is a contemporary dance company with a commitment to inspire and enlighten the public through the beauty of dance; while upholding the foundation, artistry, and heritage of this powerful movement art. We include, create, and support a community of artists-regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic class-giving them an opportunity to find their power through creativity and a medium for their voice to be heard. We are carried by our collective force to a place where we can be free: where we can share, where we can live, where we can heal, where we can dance. Since founded in 2006 by Artistic Director, Jenny Schiff, Boulder-based, The Schiff Dance Collective(TSDC) has been inspiring audiences throughout Colorado.
Using human themes to create choreographic works, they strive to make dance relatable to a larger audience and create community through the arts. They have covered such topics as, addiction, loneliness, breaking free of what silences us, body image, and defining oneself as a woman. Each season TSDC holds writing/movement workshops with members of the Boulder/Denver community to gather stories on the upcoming show. Having presented a number of evening length works they have been described as “stunning”, “a fresh look”, and “powerful”. Through performance, instruction, and outreach, The Schiff Dance Collective aids the community in finding the truth and passion in their lives.
Schiff Dance Collective Photo Credits: Eliza Karlson