We here at DancePlug feel strongly that dance - and art in general - is more than way to express yourself; it’s a form that can be used to draw attention to important issues and incite discussion and, hopefully, change. Today, we’re taking a look at a work that was recently performed at hip- hop’s VIBE Dance Competition in LA.
This piece is an emotional look at the struggles that immigrants all over the world face as they seek a better life for themselves and their families. Using projections, intense lighting, a creative set piece, and of course movement, it highlights the danger and fear that thousands have encountered.
Side note - this piece was put together in only five rehearsals over ten days. Kudos to the creative team and performers!
The piece was created by choreographic duo (and real-life husband and wife) Keone & Mari. You may have recognized them from Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself”, Mark Ronson, So You Think You Can Dance, the Ellen Show, or Dancing with the Stars. While they are both working artists and teachers, their "continuous goal is to share impactful art through storytelling and movement that can inspire others to do the same."
A note from the choreographers regarding the work: This is “a piece inspired by our grandparents who came to America to make a new life for their families and the many displaced humans around the world who are trying to do the same.”