Just in time for women’s history month LaNita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center
The Monologues of My Hips
A production honoring Local Motions Performing Arts Center’s dedication of 15 years to empowering women.
Premieres 8:00pm, Friday, March 28th
Harold Washington Cultural Center.
The Choreoplay explores the standards of beauty and celebrates the diversity of different women’s bodies. LaNita Joseph, artistic director of LaNita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center, honors Local Motions Performing Arts Company in their dedication to young women’s empowerment and youth development, with a new production, called, The Monologues of My Hips! The Monologues of My Hips celebrates the beauty of women all shapes and sizes by exploring how they see themselves and how the world sees them. The choreoplay overlaps a plot that follows the struggles of a young plus size dancer, full on dance numbers, and a series of jaw dropping, enlightening, inspiring, comedic and entertaining monologues.
Joseph was inspired to tell this story by her own personal trials and tribulations with weight requirements of being a dancer, and wanted to tell the stories of others while paying homage to women who have been empowering women and girls for years.
D’lana O’neal, founder of Local Motions has been empowering young women for years with The Metamorphisis Project, a free program that takes underserved teens on a retreat to discover their beauty inside and out.
“I just opened up a dance studio on 83rd and Birkhoff on Chicago’s south side, a studio that focuses on empowering, educating and of course entertaining the community. It was only natural for a young organization like LJDC to honor the work D’lana has done with Local Motions.
In doing so, Joseph brings together a power house of feminist artist including acclaimed poet CC Carter, Arts Activist Nikki Patin as well as a host of other amazing feminist, dancers and singers. Passionate and beautifully raw, “The Monologues of My Hips” finds beauty in the curve of every woman’s… and a few men’s hips.
The Monologues of My Hips will be showing for one night at The Harold Washington Cultural Center located at 4701 s.King Drive, on March 28th. Tickets range from $20- $50.Press is invited to watch open rehearsals. For More information, call LaNita Joseph Dance & Cultural Center at 773-807-3546.