Well-behaved: A dance film

Well-behaved: A dance film

From Lay'la Kesi Rogers

I'm raising funds to complete a dance film about four women from different races, cultural backgrounds, and social classes who are determined to undermine what it means to be "well-behaved" in a society designed for men.

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While in graduate school, I became invested in the plight of BIPOC individuals in America, as well as women to the point that my entire three years in school became dedicated to understanding how women, especially women of color, helped to reshape culture and promote social justice causes through their work. 

The concept for Well-behaved came along from a series of simple conversations I have weekly. Conversations with my personal therapist, girl time venting sessions on Facetime, and a string of dreams in which I travel to the cosmos to walk around with the Divine. I ask a string of awkward questions, cry, laugh, rage, or have miraculous revelations, like where I placed my glasses the day before or why Netflix took The Office away just when the world needed it the most. One day, after an hours-long venting session with a group of my feminine peers, in which we discussed: sports, politics, future hairstyle options, vagina troubles and successes, BLM vs. angry White people, the perpetual creepiness of men, and anything else that randomly popped into our heads, we concluded that our value in society was not high on anyone's priority list. I looked at my phone and at the wide array of personalities, cultures, and talents that sat in contemplation about their worthiness in a world that repeatedly challenged it. This meeting was meant to be a joyful meetup. Still, it ended in a quiet acknowledgment of what none of us dared to share out loud, that we were tired, severely traumatized, and needed to redefine what it meant to be a well-behaved woman in 21st century America.

This project is a dance film and a collaborative effort from various women from various backgrounds and artistic disciplines. Dancers, musicians, writers, and film directors will all come from women's minds looking to share their personal experiences.

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