Taking Back the Trauma

Victims of abuse find a unique way to give voice to their trauma

Victims of abuse find a unique way to give voice to their trauma

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts in Context. This unique series celebrates stories about the arts in Austin and the people who make this such a vibrant and creative city.

Trauma can take many forms: abuse, oppression, bullying, tragedy. For many people, talking about the trauma can sometimes be as difficult as enduring the abuse itself. One Austin dance group is giving voice to victims through the power of expression.

Under the direction of professional choreographers, Dance To Empower helps empower people by giving voice to their experience. This February, KLRU follows the choreographers as they perform "Silence to Power," a modern dance created to express and process these emotions. Hear — and see— the dancers as they work to transform their fears into strength, all while working together.

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Dance to Empower
Dance to Empower gives power back to victims of trauma. Photo by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS