One Billion Rising
Updated 2/22: The Outcome Event Wrap Up Here
Updated: Rehearsal Info Included!
Further updated: tips on the dance!
Further updated 2/12: MAP OF THE PARK AND WHERE TO MEET
Join us on February 14th, 2013 at Washington Square Park for One Billion Rising, V-Day’s worldwide grassroots campaign, underway now, culminating on February 14th, 2013. This date marks the 15th Anniversary of when V-Day was founded by award-winning playwright Eve Ensler with the goal of ending violence against women and girls. Major events are planned in
189 193 202 countries!
Nowhere is more happening than in New York City! “Rising” events will be happening all over the city, in Central Park, on the Brooklyn Bridge, Harlem, Hammerstein Ballroom, Prospect Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square, high schools across the five boroughs, Mount Sinai, Brooklyn YWCA, and so much more is currently being planned by people everywhere. (To find these events, go to One Billion Rising and search “Find a Rising.”)
In addition, people will be walking out of their schools, workplaces, and homes at 2:14 p.m. in solidarity with One Billion Rising to demand an end to the violence.
The One Billion Rising campaign is based on the statistic that 1 in 3 women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime; astoundingly, that adds up to 1 billion women worldwide. On 2.14.13, One Billion women, men, girls and boys will Strike, Dance, Rise to demand an end to the violence.
To date, activists, writers, movie stars, politicians, musicians, thousands of organizations have signed on as supporters; celebrities who are “rising” include: Anne Hathaway, Yoko Ono, Kerry Washington, Robert Redford, Jennifer Lawrence, Fatou Bensouda, Rosario Dawson, Jane Fonda, Thandie Newton, Gloria Steinem, Jessica Alba, Zoe Kravitz, and many more. Unions and organizations signed on include the AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International, Domestic Workers Alliance, and so much more!
There are many places you can be in New York City but Washington Square Park is, of course, one of the ultimate places to BE!
Join us for a Dance Flash Mob of the One Billion Rising anthem, “Break The Chain,” written by Tena Clark and choreographed by Debbie Allen (“Fame,” “So You Think You Can Dance”).
REHEARSALS PRIOR TO 2.14:
REHEARSALS Feb. 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th at specific studio spaces — SEE FULL INFORMATION HERE
DAY OF AT WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK:
Meet by the Fountain. Wear Red & Black.
Thursday, February 14th 1:30 p.m. arrival AT GARIBALDI PLAZA STAGE
2:14 — DANCE! (between Fountain & Arch)
There will be rehearsals nearby close to the date. If you have access to rehearsal space, contact me via the Contact form! However, if you can’t make it to a rehearsal, come anyway.
The Song And Dance, “Break The Chain” Music Video (The One Billion Rising anthem shot in NYC):
(New!) NOTE ON REHEARSING THE DANCE:
On learning the dance…so there are two (or more) dance instruction videos. My suggestion is that you start off with Debbie Allen because she goes slowly and really teaches the steps. However, as we’ve discussed at the rehearsals, there are a few little mix ups, so then I’d suggest you watch this video which is the Brooklyn High School girls and done as a ‘mirror routine’ so you can follow their feet exactly:
There are two things that differ here – we follow Debbie in that we don’t turn around in the very first steps (the girls spin in a circle once at very beginning) – we go side to side a la Debbie – and during the “Party” section (which repeats), the girls just go one foot side to side, then other and then ‘party.’ We do the Debbie Allen jump to the right, jump to the left. However, if you learn it one way or the other, it will be FINE. I don’t expect people to spend endless amounts of time but I’ve noticed that people are very dedicated and have been which is greatly appreciated.
This is so you can practice a bit in advance if you’d like to but – no worries – we will have rehearsals and if you can’t come to them, please show up anyway!