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A Gathering to Address Sexual Harassment in the NYC Dance Community

A Gathering to Address Sexual Harassment in the NYC Dance Community
Saturday, January 6 / 7:00 – 9:00 pm / Free
Gibney Dance 280 Broadway (Enter at 53A Chambers)

Dance/NYC, Gibney Dance, and The Actors Fund recognize this is a defining moment to publicly acknowledge long-existing issues of sexual harassment and abuses of power in the dance field. Inspired by The Public Theater’s “Mis(Conduct),” Royal Court’s “No Grey Area,” and Chicago’s “Not In Our House” gatherings of theater communities, we invite you to join us for an open forum. We aim to offer a space wherein participants will listen, share lived experiences, and bring thoughts and suggestions to start processing as a community the topics of sexual harassment and abuse while charting a path forward.

Format:

  • Facilitated by Alejandra Duque Cifuentes, Programs Manager at Dance/NYC and Yasemin Ozumerzifon, Senior Company and Community Action Manager at Gibney Dance, this Town Hall gathering is an invitation to the New York City dance community to come together, share thoughts, acknowledge the issues and explore a way forward
  • We hope to create a space wherein we can begin to process as a community the topics of sexual harassment and abuses of power
  • This event is NOT a panel discussion or a media event, though there may be members of the media present
  • Dedicated note takers will be in attendance to capture resources and shared learnings from this event
  • We cannot undertake representation of any individuals or organizations in connection with specific complaints.

Dance/NYC’s mission is to promote and encourage the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It embeds core values of equity and inclusion into all aspects of its operations and core programs: advocacy and action-oriented research, leadership training, and technology. It works in alliance with Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. Learn more at Dance.NYC.

The Actors Fund is a National Human Services organization serving all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund offers a broad spectrum of programs, including comprehensive social services, healthcare services, career services, and housing information. Additionally, The Actors Fund provides training on addressing sexual harassment in the workplace as well as free, confidential counseling, support, and legal referrals.

Dance/NYC Town Halls are made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Consolidated Edison is the lead corporate sponsor.