By Julia Buntaine
In collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, and MacArthur Fellow and Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich, the Armitage Gone! Dance Company addresses climate change in a modern dance performance for three nights this March 2015.
Running 50 minutes long, On the Nature of Things takes place over three stages underneath the beloved blue whale, featuring intermittent live narration of climate-related information by Ehrlich himself. In the press release Karole Armitage, the choreographer, notes, "The dance does not illustrate the text, but unfolds as a parallel voyage... Beginning in a meditative calm, the journey turns perilous as the world goes out of whack. The audience follows the dancers on a voyage of changing consciousness that returns them to a path to balance and harmony." A multi-layered push and pull of movement, color, and sound, the performance is utterly captivating, instilling the audience with both wonder and worry over the state of our planet.
Karole Armitage spoke on her inspiration following the performance on March 26th: "The arts can bring emotion to the science, the facts, and help people engage with the topic of climate change."
For more information, please visit: http://www.amnh.org/armitage