National Water Dance, Saturday, April 14, Memorial Union Terrace!

“Dancing for Water”
40 States Dance Across America,
Puerto Rico, Canada, and MexicoWHAT: 3rd Bi-Annual National Water Dance
WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 3pm CST (Live streamed)
WHERE: University of Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace
800 Langdon Street,  Madison, WI

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TICKETS: Free & Open to the Community

Madison event:

National Water Dance Projects
3rd Annual National Water Dance
April 14, 2018, 3pm CST

Coming together on Saturday, April 14 at 3pm CST are 1500 dancers from across the country to perform a site-specific dance at a river, a bay, a lake, the ocean, or any water site nearby. From Seattle to Miami, Maine to Puerto Rico, Canada to Mexico, Madison area dancers will join others from professional dance companies, colleges and universities, private dance schools, elementary, middle and high schools, uniting to celebrate and take responsibility for protecting our Water.

“We’re all connected,” said NWD Projects producer, Dale Andree, founder and artistic director of National Water Dance. “What we’ve done is create a community of dancers across the country, including Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico, who want to involve dance in the national conversation about water issues. For the April 14thevent, each dance institution will engage with their community creating their own event; and connecting everyone is the internet, where dancers share movement phrases, personal choreographic processes, and local stories about water. On Saturday, April 14 at exactly 3pm CST everyone will begin their performances with the same phrase, uniting us all through movement.”

National Water Dance continues to forge alliances between the arts and the national environmental community. NWD Projects and artists living in the Great Lakes region are working with CELDF (Community Development Legal Defense Fund), who are fighting for the legal rights of nature around the world. NWD Projects is partnering with Pedestrian Wanderlust, a NYC-based movement of dance artists creating dances in public places. The 2018 National Water Dance will be Live streamed, which also will include Google Hangouts and Facebook Live.

Over one hundred schools, colleges, universities and dance companies are participating, as well as independent choreographers in 2018 National Water Dance. According to Ms. Andree, making connections is one of the most important aspects of National Water Dance. 

  • Laurel Nakanishi and Smile Garcia, who teaches at Maryknoll High School, are combining poetry and dance in Honolulu schools, and have created a pen pal poetry exchange with Conchita Espinosa Academy in Miami. 
  • NYC based-choreographer Rodney Brown’s project is called‘Water as a Coffin/Water Coffin”, using dance and visual imagery to probe the connection between water and the forced migration of Africans to the new world as a means of raising awareness about water, history and African American lives near New York City settlement. 
  • In Florida, NWD Projects, through a grant from the Division of Cultural Affairs, is working with Jacksonville Dance Theatre, Sarasota Contemporary Dance and Ballet Palm Beach to create a Florida link between the sites by integrating the work of Rev. Houston Cypress of the Otter Clan. As a member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians and a founding member of Love the Everglades, Mr. Cypress’swork underscores the deep connections that all Floridians have with the Everglades and how that ecosystem remains the heart of Florida. . 
  • Katherine Kramer Projects and Breakthrough Dance Company will be collaborating with UW Madison dancers and other community dancers in drawing attention to environmental impacts on the area lakes and rivers. 
  • Ballet Palm Beach is collaborating with the Loggerhead Museum at Juno Pier at Juno Beach and Oxbridge Academy, to reflect the impact of fishing pollution on turtle migration 
  • The collaboration with Pedestrian Wanderlust has augmented the community building locally and nationally creating videos in Madison, Wisconsin, Miami and Puerto Rico, where we’ll be visiting areas that were devastated by the hurricane. 

“The fact that something like this was going on in so many different states felt quite breathtaking and in the same breath was humbling to be a small part of the big picture,” Danella Bedford, teacher, Conchita Espinosa Academy, Miami.

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