Decatur, Georgia – Core Dance in Decatur is once again partnering with Global Water Dances for a week-long cultural immersion and environmental activation project in Hawaii from June 6 to 13.
Global Water Dances uses dance to illuminate water issues on an international scale. The founders believed community dance performances could be a powerful non-verbal way to mobilize people to learn about water issues and take action to protect access to clean water, a statement said. Core Dance Press Release.
The biennial celebration includes a week of festivities and actions that take place in different locations around the world, including site-specific performances or community gatherings that connect the geography of a particular place, a call to environmental action and to the creative arts. Participants plan to perform in rivers, lakes, beaches, parks, swimming pools and other water-related places where they want to activate and inspire change.
Core Dance, as environmental activists, will act on the front lines of the urgent environmental crisis on the Big Island of Hawaii. Core Dance artists and artistic director Sue Schroeder will work alongside environmentalists and movement artists to help with local cleanup efforts and connect with community members who have been affected by the issue.
Core Dance in partnership with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund at Kamilo Point and Hawaii Environmental Restoration of Keau’ohana, according to the press release.
Prior to going to Hawaii, Core Dance will commit to being fair on the island, seek wonder, care for the land and sea, and embrace the concept of being a steward of the land.
“Prior to arriving in Hawaii, the Core Dance Artists made the pono commitment and participated in the carbon offsetting of our trip to Hawaii through Carbon Buddy – both as actions to hold us accountable for any cultural impact. or environmental incurred during the trip, “Schroeder said in the press release. “In doing so, we recognize the responsibility to actively practice and share our findings with our audiences around the world. “
Most of their work will take place in the Ka’ū Forest Reserve, said Megan Lamson, one of the Hawaii Wildlife Fund’s Core Dance collaborators.
On a typical day there, we combine reconnaissance efforts and the recovery of marine debris, so we often assess both how our ongoing restoration projects are playing out along the coast and around the Anchialine ponds, which is a unique type of coastal ecosystem, and the war between native and invasive species in the native coastal shoreline plant community, ”Lamson said in the press release.
During the week, Core Dance artists will participate in four days of cultural immersion with hula instructor Ryan McCormack. They will also offer a series of dance and movement classes at the Volcano Art Center. Classes will end with an event on June 13 where Core Dance will meet with members of the local community to offer a blessing to the Niaulani Rainforest. The event will be streamed live on the Core Dance Facebook page.
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