Does the Earth Really Dance?

I am skeptical about dances that try to advance environmental causes. I have tried to do it often enough myself in the past. I’ve made dances about birds and frogs, even about cockroaches and limestone caves! But when these works are read as dances, rather than as propaganda, they run the risk of being either too clear, or not clear enough.

First of all, I am not convinced that audiences actually can, or should, learn about environmental issues through dance. Dance is not didactic that way. If you want to convert people to environmentalism, you’d be better off painting a placard, or taking students to the beach to collect trash. Maybe dance can remind you of the beauty of the sunset, but it can’t teach you to recycle.

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