20 June 2019

PROJECT WE EARTH

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WE EARTH is an ecologically sensitive choreographic project. The work combines dance, photography and video creation in an attempt to sensitize people to the majesty and fragility of our surroundings as a species connected to the whole,— while illuminating today’s critical global issue: climate change.

Inspired by a desire to meaningfully work together on this powerful planet as individuals and communities, our work aims to nourish the qualities of listening and connectedness to our beloved Planet Earth.

FORMAL DEVELOPMENT

A large part of our current ecological and social crisis is based on a modern mindset immersed in a logic of separation. Our relenting dedication to generating connection between ourselves, our bodies and our environment is driven by the desire to break down this logic of separation and create an ethic of understanding of our innate connection to the wider community of life.

Although we may not have the opportunity to stop the Brazilian cattle ranchers from blazing down the lungs of our planet, or awaken political apathy to the global climate crisis, WE EARTH, contributes to shifting our consciousness from that of grief, anger and blame to acts of care and rigorous respect for the earth.

The work takes inspiration in the theoretical thunder of biologist, Rupert Sheldrake, whose concept of Morphic Resonance demonstrates that a change that happens anywhere creates a field of change, and this field of change causes that same change to occur everywhere somewhat like a contagious expansion of energetic thought.

Our hope with WE EARTH is that by performing acts of ecological healing we may create a field of healing and a contagion of compassion for our remarkable planet.

WE EARTH contains the following three features:

1,- Environmental
 


Objectives:

Photographic exhibition,- which documents one aspect of the creative process of the project in which we go into areas of environmental breakdown (with the body and the camera) and perform acts of ecological healing,- affirmations to the planet that we care about life on earth. These “field studies” are printed for public viewing & exhibition (10 – 12 images in 70 x 50).

2,- Educational
 


Objectives:

Masterclass,- designed to engage participants to explore their own personal nature in relationship to other, while sparking conversation about the wider community of life and inspiring sustainable action. Open to all ages & experience.

3,- Exhibition – Performance


Objectives:

Performance,- available in two formats: a 55 min. traditional theater presentation and/or a 20 min. site-specific presentation. There are currently two existing dance companies which perform the work, WE EARTH, one is based in Madrid and the other is based in Mexico City.

VIEW: WE EARTH (Site-specific)

VIEW: WE EARTH (Theater)

WHO ARE WE? North American choreographer, Camille Hanson, and Spanish visual artist, Juan Carlos Arévalo. Since 2008 we have been working together fusing contemporary dance, photography and video creation into new and experimental works for festivals around Spain, Europe, Mexico, and the US.

Our work has been exhibited in a variety of international festivals such as, The 3º Annual Conference for Peace at Hebrea University of Jerusalem, STARLITE Festival (Marbella), Lincoln Center (NYC), University of Stanford, CA., ITEM Valencia, PLATEA, TEA Museum of Tenerife, Spain NOW! Festival of London, University of Pierre et Marie Curie of Paris, among others.

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