The City of West Hollywood is hosting the 7th Annual International Women’s Day Dance Festival on Friday, March 3, 2023, in Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall, at 1166 N. Vista St. MashUp Contemporary Dance Company is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture and by the California Arts Council.
Through four days of performances, free classes, and discussions held at venues throughout Los Angeles and online, MashUp’s annual International Women’s Day Dance Festival (IWDDF) welcomes all to celebrate women’s achievements in dance and the arts and envision a more equitable future.
The 2023 Festival kicks off on Friday, March 3 at Plummer Park with the FREE (suggested donation for those with the means) LA Women in Dance Summit.
MashUp’s 4-women Creative Council leadership team states that “Every year there is an almost tangible energy and robustness to this festival that brings the dance community together to celebrate and support the female-identifying voices within it. Our biggest event yet, this year’s IWD dance festival is filled with diverse and dynamic programming showcasing the stories, ideas, and creativity of a multitude of awe-inspiring artists from various backgrounds.”
The International Women’s Day Dance Festival is made possible in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the City of West Hollywood, the Los Angeles County Art Commission, and the California Arts Council. Full festival information, including participating artist announcements and registration, will be available at mashupdance.com/iwddancefest.
Meet, network, and find inspiration from others in the Los Angeles dance community! Get to know more about companies, service, and advocacy organizations doing work in LA and hear from, take class, and see work from women-identifying dance leaders while making new connections in an atmosphere of empowerment. Open to all. Supported in part by a grant from the City of West Hollywood.
10:30 am – Summit Welcome + Networking/Coffee/Tea
11 am -11:50 Opening Panel: #EmbraceEquity
The #EmbraceEquity panel is curated by K. Bradford – queer/trans artist, leader and a Director of Invertigo Dance Theatre. Bradford and three other trans and nonbinary dancers/performers will tackle head on the power and challenges of embracing gender expansion and trans inclusivity in the field of dance and in society at large. Bold questions, voices, and perspectives will crack open pathways for authentic allyship, innovative inclusivity and brave best practices. While arts and justice movements are far ahead of the curve, this vital conversation will deepen possibilities for awareness and actions to #EmbraceEquity.
12 pm – 1:15 – Master Class w/MashUp Contemporary Dance Company
1:30 -2:45 pm – Master Class w/BODYTRAFFIC
3 pm -3:50 – Panel and Q&A: Women Artistic Directors Share Their Career Journeys
4 pm – Open-to-the Public Performance of Works from LA-Based Women-Led Companies