Rhode Island Women's Choreography Project
RI Women’s Choreography Project Presents
RIWCP 2021: The Virtual Edition
This show will feature six short dance films by up-and-coming women choreographers from New England and beyond. The production will showcase inspired works filmed in settings ranging from mountains, to sand dunes, to a city apartment, and more. Each of our dance creators has also had the opportunity to connect with a personal mentor to deepen her creative process this year. Available proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the RIWCP Artist Fund, supporting this year’s RIWCP dancers and choreographers whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic. Tickets are pay-what-you-can ($5 minimum, $15 suggested).
RIWCP has a dual mission:
to foster the creative voices of emerging female-identifying choreographers, and to support the Rhode Island community through partnerships with local nonprofit organizations. We aim to provide a supportive and nurturing platform for artists during their creative process while closing a prevalent gender gap both in the dance world and other communities.
In 2018, a few dancers from Festival Ballet Providence, along with a generous donation from an anonymous donor, started the Rhode Island Women’s Choreography Project. The show gave eight women from around the state the chance to choreograph a dance work (some of them for the first time in their lives) in the context of a dance world that makes it difficult for female voices to be heard. The event raised almost $800 in proceeds for the Sojourner House of RI. The second year, RIWCP was expanded to include twelve women and 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 more, as well as 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 them with studio space and dancers, both of which are hard to come by 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.
Funding provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.