International Human Rights Day Celebration of Women's Power

December 10, 2017
151 46th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10036,
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The International Human Rights Art Festival hosts an evening of music and dance to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We are featuring an all-female evening, highlighting issues of concerns to women, to honor the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt, chair of the drafting committee and spiritual advisor for and married to of four-term American president Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The evening features: 

Rachael Sage: Rachael is a soulful and innovative NYC based folk-pop singer/songwriter and 4-time Independent Music Award Winner. Her latest release, The Tide touches on topics relating to the Orlando Shooting, Elie Wiesel's passing, the Syrian refugee crisis and the 2016 US Presidential election. This adds her voice and music to the worldwide protests and public demonstrations seeking justice for all. 

Dancing Georgina Project: Performing “Deconstructing Venus: A Moving Female Portrait” – Choreography by Kyle Georgina Marsh. Throughout history, flowers and plants have been used as symbols to define the female body, femininity, and fertility. Reexamining the female form and its relationship to nature by contextualizing this idolization “Deconstructing Venus” creates a viscerally responsive, moving portrait of “womanhood” by utilizing a dance vocabulary developed from written texts and poems about the gender and sexuality of plant life; romanticizing and abstracting the female body in all of its flowering beauty.

Marni Rice: "In Search of the Past: Memories of a NY Farm Girl from the 1920’s." A farm girl in search of answers about her family origins, discovers a dance class taught by Martha Graham, who in turn, during her early explorations in Interpretive Dance is in search of ‘An American Story’. The play is set in a farming community just a few years after the passing of the 19th Amendment. Although Women had been granted the right to vote in State and Federal Elections, lacked rights within their own household, even for the right to claim their full identity.

Xiomara Evans: Her piece is inspired by Jayne Cortez's poem, "If the Drum is a Woman", and by Edvard Munch's painting, "Woman", which depicts haunting anxiety. The dancer, Xiomara Evans (Costa Rica/USA), conceived this piece to raise awareness about domestic violence and to explore women's rights issues. The performance combines beautiful dance, theater, and live-music to convey a powerful message: "if the drum is a woman, do not abuse your drum."

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

The image is of Xiomara Evans.