Immediately after President Obama drew attention to the tragic circumstances of refugees around the world in his speech before the United Nations in September 2016, Battery Dance launched a three-year initiative to promote social cohesion among unaccompanied minors and other teenage refugees in Germany.
Described by the President as “a crisis of epic proportions” and “one of the most urgent tests of our time”, recent conflicts have created over 21 million refugees, many of whom are women and children. With the vast majority of refugees in Europe located in Germany, Battery Dance will use the award-winning Dancing to Connect program to address refugee trauma and integration across multiple cities between 2016 and 2018.
In each city, the Dancing to Connect program will break barriers and build trust between young German students and their newly arrived classmates from war-torn countries. While dancing together, creating together, performing together, spoken language will give way to the expression of the body and common humanity will be revealed.
Freiburg / Breisach / Lörrach, Baden-Württemberg
Frankfurt / Offenbach, Hessen (TBC)
Potsdam / Berlin, Brandenburg (TBC)
Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt (TBC)
2018 Cities TBD
This program is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funds from the European Recovery Program (ERP) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the U.S. Mission to Germany, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung-Brandenburg, the Schöpflin Stiftung, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.