Water is Rising: Music & Dance Amid Climate Change, the Pacific Atolls of Kiribati, Tokelau and Tuvalu

Date: 10.23.2011

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Soka Performing Arts Center

water rising kiribati 3 dancersWhat happens when your country is slowly disappearing as the oceans rise due to global climate change?  Meet and hear how the residents of the Pacific Atolls of Tokelau, Tuvalu and Kiribati approach life and face the inexorable fate of their beloved land as the water rises and reclaims the land back into the sea.  Their joy, and unyielding spirit are infectious and never to be forgotten.

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Three years in the planning, Water is Rising brings together 36 carefully selected artists from the smallest countries in the world - Kiribati, Tokelau and Tuvalu (population 100,000, 1,500 and 12,000 respectively). As highlighted in the Copenhagen UN Climate Change Conference of 2009, these Pacific atolls are at the front lines of global warming. With elevations of only 3-5 meters above the sea, they risk becoming the first cultures on earth to be submerged by rising sea levels. Presented for the first time on the American concert stage Water is Rising will tour to fourteen major venues on the east and west coast. A project of UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance in collaboration with the Foundation for World Arts and the EarthWays Foundation Water is Rising is presented in partnership with the UCLA Institute of the Environment. Joining science, environmental studies, Pacific Island studies and performance, artists will conduct over 40 educational and outreach programs for all ages- K-12, University students, and adults.

Concerts will feature the unique styles of each group and the use of projections will provide images of their way of life, their love of village, family, church, the ocean and the lagoon. The beauty, vitality and joy of performance will convey their hope and faith in the future despite the effects of global warming. Translations of poetic texts will ensure that Americans understand their meaning. There is no doubt that Americans will admire their collective solidarity, empathy, and self-confidence. As audiences bring their own knowledge of the causes and impact of climate change, the concert experience will inspire us all to be better stewards of our shared planet.

Please visit the educational website for more information for Water is Rising.

The presentation of Water is Rising was made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project.  Major support for NDP is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.NEFA logo




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