Choreographer Jo Kreiter created the aerial dance The Right To Be Believed long before #MeToo, before the recent outpouring of stories from women who have endured harassment and sexual assault.
Now Kreiter’s vision — of women taking over a whole Oakland city block to perform a dance about the credibility of women’s voices — takes on new poignancy as Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore, and too many other powerful men attempt to deflect allegations by discrediting their accusers.
“We need to start believing women, believing that our experiences have value,” says Krieter. “Belittled, pushed aside and assaulted, all these things that every women goes through, we’ve had enough of that.”
Watch Flyaway Productions’ dancers Bianca Cabrera, Sonsherée Giles, MaryStarr Hope, Yayoi Kambara, Megan Lowe, and Sonya Smith in a moving display of women’s vulnerability and strength, with music by FR333, including the song “Emily Doe,” inspired by the woman who survived a brutal sexual assault in 2015 by Stanford freshman Brock Turner. — Text by Kelly Whalen