From our Artistic Director
Are you wearing pants? And if so--CONGRATULATIONS...you made it back from the holidays!
If you're still wearing holiday pajamas...CONGRATULATIONS, you are a superhero, still enjoying holidays or break time!
Are your pants jeans? If so, did you know that it takes 1800 gallons of water to produce the cotton in one pair of jeans???
I (a real jeans-loving-and-wearing person) did not know this fact, until working with installation designer, Tamja London, on the NETWORK project premiere at Djerassi Resident Artists Program.
This was just one of the many things we learned together in creating the interactive installation design for the performance experience.
Tanja created a complete denim spiral utitlizing recycled jeans and sheets, which acted (and has since) as a gathering place for audience participants to rest underneath a beautiful oak tree, and observe the dancers above and around them. She utilized these recycled materials to bring people together, and offer a place of rest in community, while also offering a piece of education.
How can we face the facts, while also staying inspired?
How can we be together in the tough questions--questions that the NETWORK project asks, like:
- How do you take care of the plants, animals and waters that sustain you?
- How do feel connected with the lands your ancestors call home?
- How do you give respect for those who have cared for your homelands before you?
As we watch the unfolding of a genocide in Gaza, and mourn the loss of more than 20,000 Palestinian lives and of at least 1,139 Israeli lives, to date---the MovingGround leadership has been in active dialogue about what actions we, as a company, can take in solidarity with Palestinian liberation, in alignment with the international community, human rights and justice- while navigating the complexity of all of the issues and peoples involved.
At MovingGround we ask questions and incite dialogue, through embodied and interactive experiences. We believe that we make change in powerful ways through being together in community, learning, and activating through direct experience.
We have been so grateful to co-create these spaces together with our partners and amazing collaborators again throughout 2023!
THANK YOU to you, our community members, collaborators, partners, patrons and donors. Please join us for more life giving and affirming work in 2024!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours, from all of us at MovingGround.
Krista & team