SAFETY DANCE

MEN WITHOUT HATS "SAFETY DANCE"

WE DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THe MUSIC.

     The events of this past year have sent the art world through a reckoning. Theaters have been forced to close, performances were canceled, revenues cut, and projects were suspended indefinitely. Artists have been scrambling. The dance community also faced a much-needed introspection steering artists to confront their outdated systems and re-evaluate their intentions and goals.

 

     There are several conclusions I have come to:

 

     First, artists are resilient and NYC is still radiating with energy. The platforms for artistic expression are simply adapting; creativity cannot be squashed by lack of funding. 

 

     The dance community has also shown unprecedented support of its fellows through free online classes, international collaborations, emotional and financial support, and most importantly, open discussions about systemic issues within the industry. 

 

     Lastly, I have come to realize that as an artist, though I am a part of this struggling community, I am also a privileged part of it. It has been a transformative year for me in terms of looking at the future of this company, and while it was disappointing to have to cancel RyderDance’s first New York Season, I too adapted and started a new video project.  

 

     However, in place of holding a fundraiser for RyderDance this Holiday Season, to kick off our new video series, we have decided to host a GoFundMe for those artists that truly need the support through the Actors’ Fund. This organization directly supports dancers and artists that have suffered as a result of this pandemic and beyond. Their services include emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health insurance counseling, supplemental employment, addiction and recovery services and so much more. If it is within your means, please consider making a donation!

CREDITS

CHOREOGRAPHED AND EDITED BY

JORDAN RYDER

PRODUCED BY

GREG CONTALDI

FILMED BY

CALEB WEISS

BEN WAITCHES-EUBANKS

DANCED BY

RICARDO G. BARRETT

ZURI NOELLE FORD

JULIA GOLD

ISRAEL HARRIS

MEGUMI IWAMA

EMMA MASSARELLI

JERARD PALAZO

OSCAR ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ

MIRIAM ROSE

JORDAN RYDER

PHILIP STROM

ALEX TENREIRO THEIS

DEVON TRAVIS

ALEX WARE

ELIZA WOITINNEK

ADDITIONAL THANKS TO

GREG CONTALDI

AYALA ABRAMS

BEN PUVALOWSKI

FOR THEIR CREATIVE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS PROJECT.

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