By Bob Evans
Original Review on KC Applauds

The ultra serious topic of sex trafficking comes front and center as the Fringe Festival entry from VidaDance and Lucia Aerial combine their efforts in a stunning display of ballet and aerial skills at the Bolender Center.

“Rise” a carefully choreographed piece shows some of the stages of manipulation into the dangerous entrapment of young women into sex trafficking and the possible scenarios and even death that can result. The show begins with some carefree gatherings and summer fun until one targeted young lady captures the eye and attention of a handsome young man.

As their relationship begins, he grooms her, builds her trust, betrays her, and then begins selling her as part of his scheme. Young, alone, scared, and uneducated, such young women see no escape and become continued victims of sexual abuse.

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