Run Like a Girl looks at the words and phrases permeating our cultures that chip away at the self-esteem of girls, creating a false image of girls and women as “weak.” These words and phrases are detrimental as well to boys and men, as they are taught to hide and suppress their emotions, their natural empathetic tendancies, and create a system that limits all of our potential.
We have since presented Run Like a Girl workshops in Port au Prince, Haiti; Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso; and São Paulo, Campo Grande and Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and will take the workshops to Botswana in November 2019, all with the support of the US Embassies and Consulates. We presented Run Like a Girl for the first time in the US in Somerville, MA in July 2019.
In May 2017, in partnership with dancer/choreographer Marcel Gbeffa’s Centre Chorégraphique Multicorps and supported by the Embassy of the United States in Benin, ANIKAYA conducted the first fully-implemented series of Run Like a Girl workshops.
This process is a demonstration of the power of embodied knowledge, deconstructing patterns of movement and of mind and building new ones. The changes evident in just four to five days of work together are evidence that dance works.
In each city, we partner with local arts organizations. Some of our partners so far:
Centre Chorégraphique Multicorps
Art au délà du Handicap
Centro de Referência da Dança