It all started in 1848 with the first Women’s Rights Convention. The backbone of American democratic tradition that changed forever how women would be seen. This year Seneca Falls, New York and the landmark it represents was once again celebrated with it’s Convention Days, “Be Moved by Women and Water.” A commemoration that took place within the Women’s Rights National Historical Park from July 17-19, 2015.
Designed and produced by the Women’s Rights National Historical Park Superintendent, Noemi “Ami” Ghazala, Chief of Interpretation & Education, Kimberly Szewczyk, and Site Manager, Regina Brown, “Convention Days” was time to share and experience tours, see portrayals of personalities, art shows, exhibitions, award presentations, and a special world class performance by the International, NYC and Auburn NY-based professional dance company, the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre/Sean McLeod Dance Experience. This concert, a first for the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, offered an interactive and powerful perspective on the impact of women and the importance of these historic grounds. The park invited International Producer and American Choreographer Sean McLeod to add something special and new, and he certainly delivered. The award winning McLeod offered a selected Repertory of women themed dance works that would inspire the audience members to be participants and not spectators. He challenged not only the way men see women, but also the way that women see and appreciate one another. This concert touched a chord in the audience and with the National Historical Park Leadership. Dance has come to the Women’s Rights National Historical park, and dance will now likely become one of it’s greatest tools in reaching a new generation that are in need of this history.
About Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre/Sean McLeod Dance Experience:
McLeod Technique Modern is a fulfilled experience of an emotional-based dance technique that incorporates a multitude of other dance influences and life’s tangibilities. This approach supports reality and nuances that diversity adds to our lives and society. As does the diversity of KDT/SMDEx, a company of 10 female and 5 male performers, hailing from an array of different cities and counties including Central New York, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Japan, Germany and NYC. Their individual differences are needed to perform the company’s repertory, allowing people or their plight to become a focal point in the choreographic work and the basis of interactive exchange with audiences. This concert presented at the Wesleyan Chapel of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park is a focused and simple conversation among people… for or about women.