Photo by Sig Nin
At SVDA we believe in the positive influence art can have on an individual and a community.
Art can alter our perspective, and lead to positive change. Art exposes and helps resolve issues of social justice. As a cultural tool, art helps humanize and actualize the emotions, grievances, and fears of those who may not have another place to voice concerns. As an illustrative and journalistic tool, art shocks and inspires us to action. What art depicts can illicit a visceral, almost cellular, reaction. In a world where there is so much ‘noise’, we need art to draw our attention to what is important. Without art, and with everybody vying for our attention, we would lose our ability to reflect on the things which really matter.
“If we think we can all agree that we need a better world, a more just world, why is it that we are not using the one language that has consistently showed us that we can break down barriers, that can we can reach people? What I need to say to the planners of the world, the governments, the strategists is, ‘You have treated the arts as the cherry on the cake. It needs to be the yeast” ~ Mallika Sarabhai
Check out one of our favorite charities using art to better our world: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/explore/stories/can-art-change-the-world/
Please contact us if you are interested in having our company perform at your charity or educational event.
We also work with artists from all mediums and collaborate with other dance groups and choreographers.
Choreographer: Janelle Bell Photo: Jon Lance Choreographer: Claire Calalo Photo: Jon Lance