The Trump administration has proposed to cut all 25 grant programs created under the Violence Against Women Act.
Without these programs, many local organizations will no longer be able to secure the safety and well-being of women recovering from violence.
Since 1976, the East Los Angeles Women’s Center has provided bilingual services to women who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, and HIV.
This video is an interpretation of accounts from real women who have received help from the ELAWC.
Please visit elawc.org/ to learn more about their services and donate today.
Directed by Claire Christerson
Creative Director Jessie Askinazi
Starring Jessie Askinazi Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot
Produced by Be Electric Studios
Choreography by Kathleen Dycaico
Set Design by Claire Christerson
Styling by Phil Gomez
Clothing by Sext Pixels SBP Archives Gypsy Sport
Makeup by Ryan Burke
Vocals and Sound Design by Laurie Amat
Sound Design by Simon Scott of Slowdive
Unit Still Photographer Robert Jencks
“Clusters” is inspired by Masaru Emoto's water crystal studies. Emoto believed that water was a "blueprint for our reality" and that human consciousness, emotional "energies" and "vibrations" could change the molecular structure of water. As humans are primarily made up of water, the notion is that with support, nurturing, and healing, positive transformation is possible- and it is representative of how we are all deeply affected by our environments. The title also draws from women banding together to use their collective voices to create change and progress.
Clusters w/ Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot)
24 Hrs is a durational site-specific dance piece, and an investigation into the attempt to create in the dancers a connection to place. It consists of a group choreographic and performative span from sunrise to sunrise, enacted at Heavy Dirt farm and walnut orchard on the perimeter of Davis, California. It is part of a multi-disciplinary thesis project in Landscape Architecture at UC Davis.
The full thesis, "Site-Specific Interventions and Connection to Place" is available here.
Concept & choreography: Kathleen Dycaico | Camera: Morgan Herbert-King