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The purpose of Edward Henkel’s MovementTalks is to show how dance can be used as a catalyst for change in the world.

“Shell Shock: Dance Serves Veterans of War” highlights the work of Exit12, founded by veteran Roman Baca. Upon his return from Iraq, Baca developed a dance program that brings together professional dancers and former combatants who are open to the idea of recalibrating their lives through a dance experience. Exit12's veteran-civilian movement workshop creates movement from experiences, veteran or civilian, either personal or shared. It instills a reconnection to personal identity, and repurposes violent movement by creating awareness of intention. The workshops are designed to engage groups in movement creation, self-esteem building, empathy enrichment and teamwork.


  • MovementTalks’ Edward Henkel interviews Exit12 Founder Roman Baca.
  • Exit12 will demonstrate workshop techniques with four veterans in NYC. (Edward Henkel will follow these technique demonstrations with questions for Baca and the veterans)
  • Performances (performed by professional dancers): Sometimes, Silence - choreographed by an Army mom, Angela Scimonelli. A profile of watching her sons grow up, enlist and get deployed to fight in Afghanistan. Score was composed by her brother Paul Scimonelli, a former Marine in the Marine Band.
    Conflict(ed) - a work that contrasts the military and Middle Eastern cultures.
    Aggressed/This is War - two movement studies performed alongside the poetry of USMC Combat Veteran William Michael Day, detailing the horrors of combat and the difficult return home.
    Yarjuun - "they hope" in Arabic, Yarjuun was choreographed in Iraq with students from Erbil and Kirkuk during a cultural diplomacy workshop.
  • Testimonials from veterans about their participation in the Exit12 program.

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