A commitment to environmental sustainability and a peculiar reference to modern science guide Dancing Earth, the US’s premier indigenous contemporary dance ensemble, to flaunt their unitary art at Edison Theater, Washington University. Dubbed the Edison Ovations Series, the series will kick off with the staging of a new evening-length concert called Of Bodies of Elements this October.
Why will the event be green?
As the choreographer Rulan Tangen pilots the troupe to illustrate ritual, culture and ecology through their dance, the Native American traditions and environmental issues and concerns will emerge to the fore. From sets and lighting to costumes and body paint, each aspect of production caters to environmental sustainability above all.
Set designer Lawrence Santiago utilizes recycled materials, such as industrial cardboard and red willow branches to create an outstanding, solar-powered set. It goes for the costumes as well. Consuelo Wind and Jose Luis Moncado collaborated with Marama Art Design in New Zealand created exceptional dresses from organic silks, vegetable dyes and recycled fabrics. Makeup and body paint are created from mineral pigments.
Aides, who made it possible:
Co-sponsored by the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at WUSTL’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work, the performance will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2.
Image Credit: Kate Russell Photography
Via: Newsroom (Washington University in St. Louis)