Global Community Action Residencies

Gibney Dance Company travels all over the world to bring its time-tested Community Action program model to local organizations, connecting with individuals and populations we would not typically reach and helping them create mechanisms for extending their impact in their own communities.

Community Action Residencies (CARs) create a powerful platform for cultural exchange and mutual learning in today’s increasingly globalized and interconnected world. Through partnerships with local artistic and social service organizations, the residencies offer master classes, performances, and showings, giving participants a chance to share their artistic processes and dance practices in different parts of the world. Through trainings, panels, and advocacy programs, the residency enables participants and the general public to join the conversation on intimate partner violence and other social issues.

The discussion extends to encompass the similarities and differences between countries as well as best practices to help survivors of violence. This type of cultural exchange advances the field of dance and the fight against intimate partner violence, and brings attention to the deep connection between the arts and social issues on a global scale.

Since 2007, Gibney Dance Company has offered Community Action Residencies outside of New York City nationally in Portland, Oregon and San Marcos, Texas and internationally in Montreal, Canada; Istanbul, Turkey; Cape Town, South Africa; Stockholm, Sweden; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

To learn more about Gibney Dance’s international residencies, please view our Global CAR kit here.

Dance students and faculty at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, Turkey pose with Gibney Dance after a student performance. Photo by Yasemin Ozumerzifon © Gina Gibney Dance, Inc.

Performance Component

Gibney Dance Company offers richly textured choreography performed by a stunning company of dancers. As a reflection of Gina Gibney’s worldview, the Company is a community of equal parts and is based on balance, human interaction, and personal reflection. Ms. Gibney’s work, praised by The New York Times for its “great intelligence and almost literary sensitivity,” is characterized by intricately crafted movement episodes with a sense of deep connection and emotional inevitability.

Performance component may include:

  • Dance master classes
  • Informal showings
  • Public performances of Company repertory

Community Component

Gibney Dance Company is an established leader in using movement and creativity to reach new demographics in local communities. Our extensive experience includes work with domestic violence survivors, youth-at-risk, and people affected by HIV/AIDS. The Community component of our residencies is designed to share our expertise with local dancers, encourage them to use the arts to empower those in need, and help them forge partnerships with local social service organizations.

Community component may include:

  • Panel discussions
  • Sample Movement Workshops
  • Learning about the issue of domestic violence
  • Sensitization training to work with specific populations
  • Technical assistance in program and partnership development
  • Lecture-demonstrations for social service organizations and community partners

Where We've Been

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