Blood on the land: Dancing for sustainability and justice

Roktim: Nurture Incarnadine, is an evening-length dance theater piece about the farming practices of women from global communities of color that nurture the land and protect seeds from human tampering. Inspired by the Seed Sovereignty movement launched by Vandana Shiva, feminist environmental activist, and the practices in local Black, Native, and communities of color, Roktim will explore untold stories of the emotional labor of women who are part of these movements, and their intense love for the land, often protecting it with their blood.

Roktim will be created through a year-long process including research, workshops, story-sharing circles, community dialogues, rehearsals, and performances. The creative process will include dancers visiting farms associated with Afro-Eco, Frogtown Farms, Indigenous People's Task Force, and Hmong Farmer's Association. Learning details about seed preservation, soil nutrient management, and working alongside women farmers will establish important relationships of trust. These women farmers will then be invited to story-dance workshops, where a collective sharing of stories about women's relationship to land will inspire movement improvisation.

The project will culminate in two performances in September 2015 as part of The O'Shaughnessy Women of Substance series.

The goals of this project are to foreground dance as a way to organize communities and share knowledge about the intimate relationship between women's work and land, seed, and food; bring together bodily knowing, artistic processes, and social justice work to create an evening-length performance; suggest the vital ways in which women's work sustains our world; and performatively archive these little-known histories.

Key Dates


AHD Chair Position: Application now open


Annual Faculty Award: Application period begins


Special Events: Round 1 Application Period Begins