Photo by Aliza Hoover
In 2018, a few dancers from Festival Ballet Providence with the help generous donation from an anonymous donor, started the Rhode Island Women’s Choreography Project. The first year gave eight women from around the state the chance to choreograph a dance work. For some of them, it was the first time they had the chance to choreograph. The event raised almost $800 in proceeds for the Sojourner House of RI.
The second year, RIWCP was expanded to include twelve female-identifying choreographers, over thirty dancers, and partnered with the Women’s Fund of RI. The event included dancers from Festival Ballet, Island Moving Company, North Atlantic Dance Theatre, and multiple local freelance artists.
Now in its third year, RIWCP aims to continue uplifting female-identifying choreographers from around the area, and to allow them to experiment and develop their creative voices. We provide participants with studio space and dancers, both of which are hard to come by and expensive for choreographers who are not yet well-established. Through providing a platform for women to grow and gain confidence in a male-dominated field as well as partnering with local nonprofits in various sectors, we hope to help close the gender gap that exists not only in the dance world, but in many communities.