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HerStory Salutes Powerful Women on International Women’s Day

Loyola press release - March 8, 2018

Tonight, in honor of International Women’s Day, Loyola University New Orleans proudly hosts the opening night of HerStory, presented by The Mėlange Dance Company. The modern dance production pays tribute to groundbreaking women—from suffragists to bra-burners to Rosie the Riveter.

HerStory opens tonight and runs at 8 p.m. March 8-10 Thursday through Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11. All performances will be held at the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors, and dancers. To purchase tickets, click here.

The timely and original production reflects on the progress the women’s advocacy movement has made and celebrates the women who dared to persist and not be silenced. Attendees will watch the layers of monumental “herstory” unfold as passionate dancers portray the struggles and triumphs faced by women throughout the decades in dance matched with time period costuming, music and film.

HerStory highlights the rise of the modern movement for justice, where empowered women around the world have marched for humanity and change,” Mėlange Dance Company said in a statement about the production. “Voices are raised, conversations are increasing, and actions are being taken to say Time's Up against sexual harassment and gender inequalities.”

Monica Ordoñez, artistic director for Mėlange Dance Company, is credited with choreography and conceptualization for the production, with costuming by Kaci Thomassie. Cast members include Alexa Erck Lambert, Anna Hassan, Clinton O. Parfait, Elle Ciccarone Jones, Emily Apple, Gianni Reid, Hannah Bahney, Laudrey Cody, Monica Ordoñez and Monique Brogan.

HerStory is presented as part of the third annual Feminist Festival hosted by Loyola University New Orleans. The festival runs March 3-16 with events and exhibitions happening daily, including panel discussions, a two-day feminist film festival, and more. All events will be held on Loyola’s main campus, at 6363 St. Charles Ave.

“The Feminist Festival is more than a celebration or reflection of how far women have come,” said Patricia Boyett, director of the Women’s Resource Center. “It is another step forward in the movement towards gender equality as we promote dialogues that both advance diversity and inclusiveness and empower women and our community to think critically.”

The Feminist Festival works to advance gender equality and support the empowerment of all women through education, leadership and networking opportunities. The events coincide with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, and are presented by the Women’s Resource Center and the Women’s Studies Program at Loyola.

More information about this year’s Feminist Festival is available here, and a full lineup of events is available here.