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Hands are for holding

Once again, MUDA welcomes the Gibney Dance company to Dar es Salaam, this time to lead a workshop confronting issues of domestic and gender-based violence. 

 This is how MUDA and Gibney Dance are participating in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, in partnership with EngenderHealth and the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam. 

‘Hands are for holding’ will interrogate gender norms in society, how they affect our intimate relationships and what actions we could take in our communities to better promote patience, support, equality and trust. 

Gibney Dance was founded in 1991 as a “social action” dance company based in New York. Keeping to their roots, their mission is to “bring the possibility of movement where it otherwise would not exist.”

 

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The workshop was subsequently taken to Iringa, where it toured in many communities to over 1000 people - mostly young men.

Our artistic director, Ian Mwaisunga facilitated the discussions with the audience around voice, choice and change. ‘Hands are for holding’ is an incredibly important piece of work that engaged its audience to not only think about their own relationships, but also prompted them to write down and commit to a specific action they would take to prevent the violence they may encounter in their daily lives. 

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