The creative sector continues to struggle, and the impact of such closures has and continues to cause artists to struggle, specifically dancers. The community of dancers is, undeniably, a huge and diverse sector, but also unorganized. Small studio owners, struggling dancers as well as folk artists are a part of the performing arts community that has been deeply affected by the pandemic.
The nature of the art form is such that it is interwoven with bringing people together, and due to the restrictions on gatherings, the effect on dancers has been drastic and immediate. Due to this, they are forced to look at alternative ways of providing for themselves, outside of dance. This has created unique challenges for all those who depended on dance for their livelihood. Those operating at the intersections of caste, class, religion, gender-based vulnerabilities have faced multiple systematic challenges over the years, which the lockdown has only added onto.
(here, the long term plans will be color-coded separately from short term relief- TBD with the designer)
- DIRECT CASH TRANSFER: Provide direct cash transfers to cover base expenses
- ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES: Provide ration and essential supplies
- NETWORKING: Create a network of dancers across the country to initiate coordinated conversation and dialogue around common challenges
- MENTORSHIP: Link renowned stalwarts of dance to small-scale dancers through periodic interactions, masterclasses, etc.
- VISIBILITY: To highlight struggles and challenges faced by vulnerable dancers, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic
- SYSTEMATIC REFORM: Push for social security measures for dancers by initiating conversations with governmental bodies carrying out policy research.