Wharton Center collaboration brings awareness to human trafficking

Posted at 10:05 AM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 11:43:11-04

Wharton Center’s new dance and theater piece, “Among the Darkest Shadows,” is bringing the topic of human trafficking to center stage.

As part of the Wharton Center’s Dance Series, this collaboration between Inlet Dance Theatre of Cleveland and playwright José Cruz González tells the stories of Lodi, a young victim of labor trafficking, and Pinta, a victim of sex trafficking. The stories of these victims’ journeys are told largely through González’s choreography and use of poetic images and symbolism.

“We like to say the play is about human trafficking, that’s the river that runs through it,” said Bert Goldstein, director of the MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity at the Wharton Center. “As our playwright says, it’s really about the ability of the human spirit to survive terrible circumstances.”

According to Goldstein, the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force provided insight and played an important role in creating this piece.

The show will debut at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre and will be performed again at 1 p.m. Feb. 19. There will be an insight preview and after chat at each performance.

Tickets are now available at Wharton Center’s official ticketing outlets, online at or by calling (800) WHARTON.

Find more information on "Among the Darkest Shadows" here.