Evolution: Drum! Dance! Rise!
From Revolution to Evolution, our Oakland performance ritual is part of thousands of One Billion Rising events happening in cities and towns across the globe
With only 600 seats, this event will sell out again this year.
7pm (doors open 6:30) First Presbyterian Church, at 2619 Broadway Street. Accessible space with disability parking. ASL interpretation provided. FREE for youth under 17.
This Valentine’s Day, millions will refuse to stand by as more than one billion women and girls experience violence across the globe. Volunteer coalition Bay Area Rising will moves from Revolution to Evolution with stellar music, movement, spoken word, and flashmob dance to raise funds for IDEX, International Development Exchange and the Bay Area’s 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence.
With Internationally acclaimed filmmaker, Pratibha Parmar and Bay Area treasures, Destiny Arts, Gina Breedlove, Julie Wolf, Luisah Teish, Starhawk, Jean Rhea, Fat Chance Belly Dance, Sarah Bush Dance, Grrrrl Brigade, Hand2Hand, Chhoti Maa, Afia Walking Tree, and a growing list of talented performers.
FLASHMOB DANCE in Downtown Oakland on Feb. 13th will include members of the local community as well as dancers and activists.
ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2015, Oakland will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as we express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance, drum and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.
“When we started V-Day so many years ago, we had the outrageous idea that we could end violence against women,” said Ensler. “Now, we are both stunned and thrilled to see that this global action is truly escalating and gaining force, with union workers, parliament members, celebrities, and women of all backgrounds coming forward to join the campaign. When we come together on February 14, 2015 to demand an end to violence against women and girls it will be a truly global voice that will rise up.”