PURE Reflections: Beauty Reimagined. Friday, April 12th How Body Image impacts the identities of girls and women: one-night-only theatrical dance performance, this Friday in NYC

NEW YORK, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PURE Reflections: Beauty Reimagined, a theatrical dance performance about girls and women confronting and overcoming the obstacles to cultivating a healthy body image, on Friday April 12, 2013 at 7:30pm at A. Philip Randolf High School in NYC.

Twenty million women suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life[1] and ten million women battle anorexia or bulimia.[2] because of the beauty myth[3], an obsession with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of "the flawless beauty."

World renowned belly dancer and P.U.R.E. (Public Urban Ritual Experiment) Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Kaeshi Chai draws upon influences as diverse as comedy improvisation, mime, contemporary, hip-hop, world-fusion belly dance, as well as her own personal struggles with self empowerment to shed light on this dark corner of the human experience. The result is a fast-paced, entertaining and uplifting show featuring a cast of 18 adult and teen dancers and the live vocals of Kristin Hoffmann.  PURE Reflections serves as a living, breathing testament to the healing power of art.

Testimonials

The workshop and performance were an emotional rescue. PURE is an experience in dance that should be seen around the world to help inspire self- love, acceptance and growth in women.
- Grace Zazzaro, CT (Artist)

It is truly impressive what a positive impact this program has had on so many women's lives. You are all an inspiration!
- Rebecca Rafelson, Vice-President of NOW NY.

Friday, April 12th, 7.30pm-9.00pm
A. Philip Randolph High School

Address: 135th St and St. Nicholas Terrace, New York, NY 10031
Tickets: $10, $5 Students and PURE Members/Alumni
Online Sales: http://purereflections-es2004.eventbrite.com

Video Links:

http://youtu.be/Q90FGWfeFw0 (PURE Reflections in Harlem 2012)
http://youtu.be/QjZzP6HwT8g (PURE Reflections in Japan 2010)

Photos: http://pureglobe.org/reflections/photos

[1] NationalEatingDisorders.org In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) (Wade, Keski-Rahkonen, & Hudson, 2011).
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/first-lady-michelle-obama-encourages-overall-wellness

[2] CNN http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/03/health/infographic.eating.disorders/index.html

[3] Naomi Wolf's book "The Beauty Myth"

Contacts:
Kaeshi Chai (Co-Founder and Artistic Director of PURE)
kaeshi@purenyc.org | 917-355-9150

Kierra Foster-Ba (Vice Principal of A. Philip Randolph High School)
kfosterba@schools.nyc.gov

SOURCE PURE Reflections



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