Following the infamous “He For She” speech presented by Emma Watson, I was inspired to make a difference. I was inspired by the initiative she was taking to stand up for gender equality. I was inspired that she was extending feminism as an option for more people. I wanted to do something similar, but with my own passion.
I began researching more and more about feminism. I found what I think is an issue within the feminist movement: the lack of demonstrating what feminism actually is. The most basic definition of feminism is simply equality for all persons, without regard to gender, race, class, ability, sexual orientation, etc. I wanted to create something that portrayed feminism in its truest state, as synonymous with equality.
I believe art has the power to change the world. As a dance major at Point Park University, I recognized how easily I could create something powerful with my peers. Dance is a great medium to explore deep concepts because it enables a strong connection with the audience. When humans watch humans portray emotion through movement, there is a natural connection made. The connection created by dance, I find, can be more powerful than almost anything.
Once I began to finalize my initial vision, I turned to a close friend and talented Cinema Arts major, Anthony Peduzzi. I shared with him my idea of creating a dance on film that portrayed gender equality. We both continued researching for it over the next few weeks. I spent much of this period thinking about how my choreography could represent equality. I felt choosing a song would be a strong starting point. I chose “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” by Young the Giant because this iconic song has been around for about 50 years, but was covered by a more modern group. Just like feminism: A topic that is age-old, but still an issue today.
I hope this video portrays feminism as equality, as was my intent. Enjoy.