Artivism Dance Theatre (ADT) is a collective dedicated to bringing awareness and generating discussion of social issues to a wide range of audiences. We tell our own stories in an effort to reach across divisions, find commonality, and spark change. We prioritize communication of social message over esoteric performance, often using multimedia techniques in our work. We believe that art, and specifically movement, can communicate perspective and experience across gaps in culture, language, and tradition that might otherwise remain unbreachable.
The collaborative is comprised of dance professionals with years of experience in both performance and instruction. Trained in a great variety of techniques Artivism's repertoire displays the expertise of company members ranging from movements of the African diaspora to Ballet. We believe in the power of movement to transform our health, our lives, and our communities.
Our studio is a space where humans of all walks of life can come and move their bodies! We offer dance, fitness, and yoga with classes for ages 3 and up. We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our focus in social activism includes a financially accessible payment policy and scholarship program.
Artivism in the Community
The New Orleans based company creates an original full-length performance every year, an excerpt of which was nominated for Best Performance at the Gambit Classical Arts Awards 2018 and 2019. In addition, Artivism hosts MOVEment for Change; a platform for socially conscious artists to share their vision for a world made better through artistry. Curated by ADT, this cabaret-style event brings together a collection of artists from various disciplines (including dance, theatre, poetry, stand-up comedy, and visual arts) for a night of sharing and discussion. Other performances include dancing for local New Orleans artists at live performances and in music videos.
We run weekly dance therapy classes at the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center for incarcerated youth in Orleans Parish and teach after school dance classes through the DEA Education Outreach Program- a national initiative to keep students away from drug use.
We also work with ArcGNO, a local non-profit for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, teaching weekly movement classes. We're always excited to find ways to be involved in the community in any way we can, so don't hesitate to reach out and connect!