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Temple Dance Department participates in the Climate, Sustainability & the Arts video festival, Monday April 11

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Temple Dance Department is participating in a program of Climate, Sustainability & The Arts. The festival, which is free to the public, opens on Monday April 11, at 6 p.m. in the Science Education and Research building at Temple University with Program 1 with the SERC video wall installation continuing through April 15th between 5-10 p.m.

Program 1 will feature Merián Soto’s One Year Wissahickon Park Project: Summer. This video documents the summer series of 16 branch dance performances in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Park throughout 2007-08. Dancing in nature over time, the seasons, temperature, and weather, Merián Soto designed the project around the concept of four – four seasons, four sites, four performances in each site for a total of 16 performances in all sorts of conditions including: temperatures ranging from 20 to 98 degrees, rain, snow, sleet, high winds, and bugs. Camera & Editing; Laura Zimmerman. Performers: Shavon Norris, Jumatatu Poe, Olive Prince, Noemí Segarra, Merián Soto. Music: Toshi Makihara.

Also on this program will be Prof. Peter d’Agostino’s World-Wide-Walks / between earth & water / ICE, which have been performed on six continents over the past four decades. These walks along the edge of glaciers at the top and bottom of the globe in Alaska, Iceland, Argentina were performed to witness signs of global warming. Juxtaposed with my walks and a sound score of evolving glacial dynamics composed by Reese Williams are cautionary texts that serve as a counterpoint to the sheer beauty of these places reminders of the fragility of massive glaciers during our current era of accelerating climatic changes

Prof. Michael Kuetemeyer’s Spilled Light is a look at photons falling upon us. In 8 minutes they have traveled nearly 150 million kilometers from the fusion reactor at the center of our solar system. Some of this light is reflected back into space, less now that the ice has melted. Some is harvested by plants giving them the power to grow. A few are caught by solar panels and transfer their energy into electricity we can use. Most end their journey by simply spilling heat on the roads and roofs of our global city. New photons are just now beginning their journey from the sun. They will be here soon.

Program 2 will take place April 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Annenberg Hall 14,  2020 N. 13th Street. It includes Temple Water Dances, a compilation of student dance and video works created and presented in celebration of World Water Day (2015-16). Temple Water Dances includes excerpts of works by Kristen Bashore,  Bonita Bell, Long Cheng, Leslie Cornish, Morgaine DeLeonardis, Angeline Digiugno, Marina DiLoreto, Amanda DiLudovico, Jessica Halko, David Heller, Kayle McCrudden, Tyler Ross, Blythe Smith, Angelica Spilis, and Muyu Yuan.

Also on the program is Fishing for the Future, by Dede Maitre, excerpts from a 58 minute documentary about four NGOs working in Haiti (pre- Earthquake) on Sustainable Aquaculture (tilapia fish farms) featuring Caribbean Harvest Fisheries and the Fish Farm for Haiti Project.

Superfundland, by  Daniel Kurtz, Christina Betz, John Tarquinio, Jesse Roehrer, highlights the alarming amount of hazardous waste sites that are littering the Greater Philadelphia area known as Superfund sites. These massive sites are riddled with toxic chemicals and pollution that can sit there for years while companies and the government battle over responsibility. While the companies and government face off in the courtroom, the environment and human health in the surrounding areas of the site severely suffer.

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