Dancing Through Walls

Where the Trees Walk

Video coming out in 2021

Dancing through walls is a dance exchange film project. The project takes dancers from Reading into our cities and brings dancers from those other cities to dance in Reading. This project is meant to showcase the beauty of our city as well as give local dancers a chance to explore other cities. 

On October 25, six children and their parents jumped into two vans (to social distance) to head to New York. Their destination was the Populous in Queens, NY to perform two typical Mexican dances. The youth and some of the parents had never been to New York before and were happy to see parts of the Big Apple for the first time.


Dancing Through Walls is a new dance film project by Barrio Alegría that hopes to address the old saying "poverty builds walls." We hope to transform this narrative to one of positive, opportunity, and as a way to open the invisible walls that enclose some of our city residents. This project is an opportunity to exchange information, culture, and traditions between our residents and other cities.

 

Artists from Reading were partnered with artists from cities like Hershey, Philadelphia, New York City and New Orleans as a community exchange. Artists traveling to Reading were filmed dancing throughout our city, and Reading artists did the same with their respective partners cities.

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Sarah at New Orlean
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Melissa
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Number of Dancers

10

Miles Travelled

1000

Cities 

5

Our Storytelling Through Dance program, On the surface, is a project that combines dance, theater, and music to educate community through a theater production. Underneath, the project creates leadership development opportunities for community members as it pairs up experienced artists with novice ones. On a deeper level yet, it looks to create transformational moments for participants, as they work through self limiting beliefs.

The embedded leadership component of rehearsals are accentuated by guest community and organization leaders who give information pertinent to the production’s social justice issues.

Barrio participants include inner city residents whom Barrio outreached to. Some of them self selected as dancers, some of them did not.

Barrio organization partners include the Reading Public Library, AIM, RIZE, MAKS, among others.

The production debuts at the Reading Public Library and performed at local schools and universities.

Community members participate by: coordinating music, and sound, choreographing dances, helping with backstage work, dancing, acting, singing, choreographing, helping build sets, stage hands, coordinating performers, driving participants, etc.

New to Barrio?

Barrio Alegria is a community transformation organization located in Reading that utilizes the arts as a platform for community engagement and for the development of social and multicultural awareness.

 

But all you have to remember is:

  • The majority of our projects happen outside!

  • The majority of our projects are free!

  • The majority of our projects have to do with art!

Contact us

140 N. 5th Street

Reading, Pennsylvania 19601

info@barrioalegria.org

610-743-3313

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