On The Radio – University of Iowa dance performance focuses on water


The Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus sits on the banks of the Iowa River. (Tony Webster/Flickr)
The Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus sits on the banks of the Iowa River. (Tony Webster/Flickr)
Nick Fetty | March 21, 2016

This week’s On The Radio segment looks at a University of Iowa dance performance that focuses on water issues including the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit and the Flint lead contamination crisis.

Transcript: University of Iowa dance performance focuses on water

A University of Iowa dance troupe has made water issues a major theme for its current series of performances.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Performers in the UI’s Dancers in Company have spent the last year preparing for a show entitled Water Works. In addition to regularly rehearsing dances, the students involved also worked with professors and other researchers on campus to learn about the science behind water issues affecting Iowa and abroad. The performance has been informed by local issues such as the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit as well as national issues like the lead contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Jessica Anthony is a visiting professor in the Dance Department and co-artistic director for Dancers in Company. She said addressing environmental issues through an artistic medium such as dance is different from the more traditional modes of communication.

Anthony: “Dance is unique in that it uses the body. So it allows an audience to connect with issues and ideas about water through many lenses. Through the experiential. Through the aesthetic. Through the personal. And that locates the body in these larger social and political issues at play.”

For more information about Dancers in Company and for dates and locations of upcoming performances, visit Iowa-Environmental-Focus-dot-org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.


 

Water Works
Upcoming Performances

Toledo (Iowa)
April 3
Wieting Theater

Dubuque
April 9
Dubuque Museum of Art

Des Moines
April 11
Central Academy and Findley Elementary

Iowa City
April 29
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
University of Iowa Memorial Union
Outdoor Amphitheater
(As part of Water Shed:
A Symposium on Art, Science and Engagement)

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