the dancing word.
The Dancing Word is a semiannual spoken word + dance performance produced by Westport Center for the Arts.
Intergenerational Kansas City artists perform original spoken word and choreographic compositions.
Reflecting and respecting individual truths and experiences
spoken word + dance.
Spoken word artists are selected by committee. Ryanstrati meets each spoken word artist; learing about their artistic process and inspiration/content of each work. Ryanstrati sets initial movement material on and collaborating with the artists and dancers. Artists are invited to attend throughout the three-month choreographic process. Once all works are complete, artists attend rehearsal with the dancers. Final choreographic adjustmens are made, and the concert is performed to a public audience.
The intergenerational cast is a reflection of the Kansas City Metropolitan area; artists ages 18-72, with diverse countries of origin, ethnicities, races, family structures, economic upbringings, body shapes, geographic regions, education, faiths/non-faiths, and identities.