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Addressing climate change through a dancer's lens

Addressing climate change through a dancer

Climate change is the most significant environmental challenge of the 21st century. It has enormous impacts on the global economy, poverty, climate refugees, access to clean water and food security. Dancers perform at last year's In/Motion dance film festival and the Climate Change conference.

By Gabrielle Barnes | Student Reporter

“Art, as a universal language, is an increasingly important and relevant vehicle for delivering the message of our planet’s peril,” said Nancy Tuchman, Founding Dean of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES).

This is the reasoning behind the In/Motion performance on Friday, March 17 at 11am in Mundelein Auditorium. IES and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) are bringing the message of climate change to audiences through art and movement. This performance is one the events included in In/Motion—the only dance film festival in Chicago that cultivates innovation, encourages interdisciplinary collaboration, and celebrates dance through multiple digital media platforms.

Amy Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer of Dance in DFPA, said the dance festival stands out because there’s specific emphasis on social inequities in society and the use of interactive media.

“There’s no other dance film festival that focuses on social justice,” said Wilkinson.

The festival will take place over the course of four days, March 16 to March 19. The festival will include dance performances, film screenings, lectures and an awards ceremony on Friday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Damen Cinema, followed by an after party in Ireland’s.

All are welcome to participate in a community dance session, view a short dance documentary, and watch a live dance performance on Saturday, March 18 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Attendees will also have the pleasure of witnessing the premiere of “All,” a dance film involving diverse populations, including dancers with Parkinson’s Disease.

The festival concludes on Sunday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m., with a discussion on politics, social media, and social justice led by breakthrough filmmaker Celia Rowlson-Hall. Participants will have the opportunity to workshop social justice concepts and other ideas that come out from the discussion.

Visit In/Motion for ticket details and go to Institute of Environmental Sustainability to learn more about their sustainability efforts and the Climate Change conference.