Dancers in mushroom hats frolicking in a forest; hands cupped around a sapling waiting for a lake’s lapping waters; a sandy pas de deux divided by a volleyball net; adolescent girls reaching earnestly toward the sky. These are some of the many impactful moments in Art 2 Action, Artists Climate Collective’s most recent film series aiming to bridge the gap between dance and climate change. The collection—featuring choreography by Cameron Fraser-Monroe, Yuri Zhukov (with direction by Emma Rubinowitz), Makino Hayashi, and Darian Kane—is available for viewing on Vimeo through November 7, with proceeds going to partner organizations GRID Alternatives, Sunrise Movement, and the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (tickets are $25). “Art allows emotion to surface in unusual and spectacular ways and we hope to draw that out through this project,” reads the films’ credit page, which also shares with viewers that these pieces were created in four distant cities: Atlanta, San Francisco, Portland, and Winnipeg. So how did nearly three dozen professional ballet dancers spanning the U.S. and Canada come together to address the relationship between dance and the environment?
Filming Darian Kane's Dear Roots, An Interview for Arts2Action. Image courtesy of Artists Climate Collective
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading