On the Nature of Things: Global Warming Hits the Stage

by on March 24, 2015
 
Photo: J Cervantes

Photo: J Cervantes

   Global warming is getting a bad rap. Correction: has been getting and will continue to get. A great deal of this flack comes from the very people who have the power to put into action laws and regulations on the heavy contributors of greenhouse gases (an outdated term, perhaps?) and global warming (or “that-which-will-not-be-named” in Florida) in general. Karole Armitage has brought the perils and predictions of global warming’s trajectory to the stage in her new dance piece “On the Nature of Things.” The dances look to the past, as well as call upon commentary from all ranges of the spectrum: from the staunch disbelievers to the advocates for change in environmental policy and practice.

   The piece was inspired by an essay written by Stanford University biologist, Paul Ehrlich. His essay illustrated the theme of the lesser highlighted “culture gap” in the global warming conversation. Ehrlich comments upon the idea that modern science and research zones in on very specific studies— typically to prove or “disprove” an arguable point— and that individuals no longer have a clear understanding of the actual issues. Armitage took the essay and wanted to elaborate on Ehrlich’s idea that we have become disconnected from the actual process of global warming as a very real, environmentally devastating problem, and made it one of politics.

  She feels that amidst the exchanging of facts and theory, a degree of emotion is missing from the discussion on climate change. Here, the dancers bring movement to the evolving conversation of many opinions.

Sneak a peek of the show here: