GWD is a visionary initiative in which groups across the world unite to raise awareness of water quality through the power of art.
Global Water Dances - Cincinnati is part of a biennial world event first launched in 2011. On a single day, a series of dances centered on water issues are performed on the Western Pacific Rim, then encircling the globe, and later combined and broadcast online. The project's overall mission is to raise awareness of the inestimable value of water (from the GWD website www.globalwaterdances.org)
Our local project is a large group of dancers, musicians, artists, and environmental organizations that have come together to create an original work that will be performed on the Serpentine Wall, beside our beautiful Ohio River. This waterway is the heart of the history and commerce of Cincinnati. Our event is in conjunction with Paddlefest/Pedalfest 2013, one of the largest paddling events in the country, and will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22. Artistic director of GWD - Cincinnati is the legendary choreographer Fanchon Shur, with an exciting original world music score by Shari Lauter, along with a wide-ranging coalition of choreographers, dancers, musicians, singers, visual artists, and environmentalists. Production Manager Dan Feith will be helping to shepherd the project to fruition. (Connie Bergstein Dow is Co-Chair of the project.)
Global Water Dances - Cincinnati will offer a unique opportunity to enrich the community dialogue on water issues and demonstrate the transformational power of art.
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The leadership team of Global Water Dances - Cincinnati began planning this project in June 2012. Over the past 11 months, we have pulled together some of the most talented artists and environmental activists in our city, who are intrigued with using community art to parlay an important message to the world: "Let's Clean It Up!" As the project has grown, evolved, and developed, we have had many obstacles to overcome. We are an all-volunteer force, and everyone has many outside commitments. In spite of that, we have created an exciting four-part dance work, which will be performed at a park in the heart of the city during one of the busiest events (Paddlefest/Pedalfest 2013) of the year. Some of the challenges have involved permits for the site, insurance, rehearsal space, and asking folks to go above and beyond to get all of the tasks completed. We have had help from many places, including the world Global Water Dances organization and the Cincinnati Parks Department in solving many of these issues. We have a grant from Arts Wave, and one from the Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance. We have sponsors who have donated in-kind services, including Contemporary Dance Theater (rehearsal space), Growth in Motion (administrative services), Turquoise Mountain Photography (photos and rehearsal films), Shari Silks (donation of hand-painted silk scarves for the performance) and Whole Living Journal (publicity). The scope of the project, including having it professionally filmed and submitted to the Global Water Dance website (along with participants in other locales all over the world) requires us to raise more funds to complete the project. We are moving forward with the project; funding is primarily to record the event professionally to submit to the official Global Water Dances website.
Upon successful completion of the project, Global Water Dance leadership team will look to the future in hopes of making this a biennial event in Cincinnati, along with the rest of the world.
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