MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet (MOVEIUS), creating a path for ballet to speak to political and societal issues, will perform a trio of climate-inspired ballet works to The Ailey Citigroup Theater, September 23-25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The nationally-acclaimed GLACIER: A Climate Change Ballet imagines dancers as melting polar ice caps and brings the arctic environment alive to audience members. Dancers ripple, crack and plunge amidst video projections by Robin Bell, (renowned for his witty guerilla #resist projections on DC's Trump Hotel), creating movement that connects the audience-member to the impact of global warming.
GLACIER broke ground in 2015 as the first ballet about climate change to be choreographed by a climate policy expert, and in 2018, it became the first ballet ever presented as part of an international climate conference last year in San Francisco. Climate Week NYC 2019, aligning with the United Nations Secretary-General's Climate Action Summit, creates the perfect opportunity for a New York premiere of the dynamic work.
GLACIER: A Climate Change Ballet is accompanied by two other relevant ballets. The ballets are choreographed by Diana Movius, a longtime climate policy analyst and ballet dancer.
Set to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring score, Rite of Spring, Crash of Fall employs Stravinsky's storyline-along with pedestrian props drawn from everyday spaces such as corporate offices-as the company of dancers inhabits the stage in an examination of power and accountability. Ground Control is inspired by the early pictures of the earth taken from space during the Apollo missions, and explores the emotional impact of large-scale photos of earth, and how it affects our sense of belonging and of agency.
"Live performance is a powerful medium for confronting some of the most challenging issues of our time. I want the audience to leave with a visceral understanding of why many care deeply about this issue and why more action is needed to protect our environment,"" says director/choreographer Diana Movius.
Climate: Movement for Change will be held September 23, 24, and 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at The Ailey Citigroup Theater located 405 West 55th St. at 9th Avenue. The venue is accessible via 1, 2, 3, A, C, B, D, N, R, and Q lines.
This event is part of the Sustainable Travel and Leisure program of Climate Week NYC.