the dancing word.



The Dancing Word is a merging of spoken word + dance + visual artistry investigating social, civil and environmental issues. Produced by Westport Center for the Arts.  

artistic process.

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.

the cast.