Enforced Arch is a troupe of passionate, talented performers and choreographers who are dedicated to using the power of dance to raise awareness about social justice issues, with animal rights as a central focus. So clearly I have to work on my jeté, because my life’s purpose has suddenly been re-realized.
Their latest work, “Alliance Art & Activism,” by creative directors James Koroni and Tracey Katof, will do exactly what good art is supposed to do: inspire us to stand up and be heard about vital issues of justice and compassion! In the case of Enforced Arch, taking a stand begins with taking a dance step, and being heard begins with being seen. (“Alliance Art & Activism” will be showing on April 6 & 7 in NYC — get tickets.)
Ten years ago, when I transitioned from theatre arts to activism, I refused to consider that change in direction to be a reason to let go of my creative impetus. Companies like Enforced Arch send a bolt of electricity up my spine. It makes me want to create and make change, all at the same time. But don’t take it from me. Here is the mind-altering dance piece that Enforced Arch created last year in response to the fur industry’s horrors:
Not that I need to spell it out, but for those of you creative souls out there, let Enforced Arch inspire you. Put animal issues into your work, and see what happens.