The logo for New Beginnings, created by students in the Spring 2013 semester. The color purple is a favorite of many in the group. Several of the Resettlement women have sung, spoken, or written about butterflies, while daffodils represent “new beginnings.” Our logo was featured on the T-shirts that the group wore during the Spring 2013 performance, as well as on the program.
A New Beginnings student, Sarah ’13, met Maya Azucena at Omega Institute’s Women and Power Conference in September 2012. Maya is a singer-activist and cultural ambassador from Brooklyn, NY. Her song, Cry Love, was part of our performance this Spring, accompanied by improvisational mirroring duets. Mirroring is an exercise in synchronized movement done in pairs to build cooperation and discover our similarities.
This semester, we worked with the theme of windows -windows to our past, present, and future. We chose to sing Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson –adapting it to Woman in the Mirror. We were inspired by his message of making positive changes in one’s own life and in the lives of others. “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make the CHANGE!”
One Billion Rising (OBR) (http://onebillionrising.org/) is a global campaign by women, for women. The movement calls for an end to violence, and for justice and gender equality. This is the music video for the song, Break the Chain, which was used by OBR in their international V-day flashmobs on Feb 14, 2013. The rally was held in more than 190 countries. The Trinity New Beginnings group participated in the Hartford, CT gathering at the Legislative Office Building (see photo below) with about 500 other women and men. This part semester, we used this dance, as it was adapted by the Judy Dworin Performance Project from the dance choreographed by Debbie Allen and song by Tena Clark. It was a warmup exercise for each New Beginnings session, and eventually we incorporated it into our final performance.