Current Initiative: Gender Project
On January 21st of this year, 60,000 people took to the streets of Atlanta as part of the world-wide Women’s March. As local Atlanta organizing group Civic Dinners puts it, “Many women believed that 2016 was destined to be the year when the ultimate glass ceiling would shatter [with the election of Hillary Clinton]. Here we are in 2017, [and] misogyny and bigotry dominate national headlines”. According to ovc.gov, “one in two transgender individuals are sexually abused or assaulted at some point in their lives.” The Human Rights Campaign(HRC) reports that violence against transgender communities is higher than it has ever been. “Sadly, 2017 has already seen at least 21 transgender people fatally shot or killed by other violent means.”, informs HRC. This is unacceptable. We are waking to the urgency of uncovering the attitudes, beliefs, norms and systems that allow gender based discrimination to continue.
In our upcoming project, MakeShift Circus Collective will explore this issue in collaboration with community members across the gender spectrum. The exploration will produce a circus show driven by and culminating in community dialogue which will be shared free of charge in the four quadrants of Atlanta. Our projected presentation dates are Fall of 2018. After each show, audiences themselves will be invited into a 45 minute facilitated dialogue. The performance season and dialogues will be captured on video and a short film series will be created from the material. The film produced will allow us to continue to invite our community into space for dialogue and transformation around gender.