One of Four
-A dance initiative addressing gender-based violence
The title “One of Four” comes from the statistically shocking figure that 1 out of every 4 women will be raped in college in the United States.
Three female-identifying dancers and two genderqueer dancers will partner with manikins representing their abusers. These life-size, burdensome figures will symbolize how the trauma of rape is a weight borne by victims for the rest of their lives.
At certain points, the manikins—hoisted overhead, thrown to the the floor, or entwined, swung, and dragged around dancers’ bodies—become almost indistinguishable from the performers themselves. These dummy figures seem animated, at times fused with the dancers into a single, knotty, multi-limbed entity.
Shuddering movements reflect the brutality of the victim' experiences, though at times their spasmodic contractions may suggest pleasure. The dancers sometimes appear to lose control over the dolls, or find that the articulated, inanimate figures are attacking their intimate parts.
Occasionally, the large, heavy figures seem to crush the dancers with their weight, and immobilize them.
The performers show, with abstract, clear, dynamic movements, how the emotional and physical toll of sexual assault is permanent. Whether or not the predatory, shadow-like manikins are inextricably entangled with the dancers, the burden of trauma they represent remains, leading to suicidal thoughts, denial, despair— and possibly, to hope and healing.
“Gender-based violence is the most common form of violence among us and is the least reported human rights violation.” ---United Nations Spotlight Initiative
Please help us bring attention to a crisis endemic to all cultures and creeds. Your support is crucial to our efforts to draw attention to the dire consequences of living in a world of unspeakable violence.