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the dancing word.



The Dancing Word is an intersection of spoken word + dance + visual artistry investigating social and civil rights.

Produced by Westport Center for the Arts.  

artistic process.

Reflecting and respecting individual truths and experiences

Dancer standing on one leg with arm and other leg extended behind her

spoken word + dance.

Spoken word artists are selected by committee led by Taylor Brown.  Ryanstrati meets each spoken word artist; learning about their  artistic process and inspiration/content of each work.  Spoken word artists are invited to the rehearsal process where they are actively involved in the interpretation of the Initial movement is developed through an instructional and collaborative process with the spoken word 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 10-70+, with diverse countries of origin, ethnicities, races, family structures, economic upbringings, body shapes, geographic regions, education, faiths/non-faiths, and identities.  

the cast.

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