By Marivir R. Montebon
Palestinian-American poet Suheir Hammad opened the V-Day Dancing against Violence in New York City on February 14 with three poems, which included ‘Not Your Erotic, Not Your Exotic’. That was enough for me to scream and dance that Valentine’s night at the Hammerstein Ballroom of the Manhattan Center.
There was Glen Close too that night, reading the poem of Eve Ensler, the playwright for the Vagina Monologues, the outrageous soliloquies of women raging against the violations imposed on them.
It has come a long way indeed. Women will rise and continue to defy the stereotypes that dehumanize them, says Glen Close.
At the lobby of the ballroom, the ambiance of the occasion was initially electrified by the drumming for ‘peace and power’ by Jan Goldstoff and Laurie Schwartz.
Indeed, dancing was the call of the night, and with the sensible, hip music, every man and woman at the ballroom danced with a lot of rhyme and reason.