Right to Dance
To date, no scholar has seriously examined the relation between dance and human rights. Yet in terms of human rights organizations, there appears to be intimate connections between dance and human rights issues. Such connections appear most frequently in the context of dance being used as a tool for inciting people to violence, as a means is of humiliation, and as a means of uniting communities in times of hardship. Dance is often employed as a nationalistic propaganda tool, as a means of healing individuals and groups after traumatic events, and as a powerful form of theatrical expression and education by artists/choreographers who have undergone or witnessed gross violations of human rights.
The ways that dancing, as an embodied, highly sensual, and sexually charged activity exposes inconsistencies and abuses in human rights are myriad. This anthology examines the intersection of dance and human rights.