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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