National Water Dance
It’s about dance.
It’s about water, our water.
It’s about finding connection
to the environment through
Core Dance participated in National Water Dance last season on April 23rd, 2022, 4PM EST at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Brunswick, GA as part of an Earth Day celebration.
View clips of the live performance in the video below.
National Water Dance is an artist-driven collective of dancers and educators confronting critical water issues facing the United States. Stretching from New York to Hawaii and from Alaska to Puerto Rico, simultaneous, site-specific dance performances are created and performed with movers of all ages and experience. Created and directed by Dale Andree, National Water Dance believes that our environment is the most pressing issue of this generation and as dancers we are using our bodies to create a community that reaches out for action.
On April 23, 2022 at 4pm EST, Core Dance alongside members of the Brunswick, Georgia community joined hundreds from around the United States, including Puerto Rico to dance together in celebration of the gift of water that we all share. Dancers from across the country performed in the 5th Annual National Water Dance – site-specific dances at rivers, bays, lakes, oceans, or any water sites nearby – uniting to celebrate and take responsibility for protecting our water.
Running Out of Time
We believe as dancers that one of the starting points comes with the physical understanding of our connection to the Earth; a connection that exists whether surrounded by forests or open fields or urban sidewalks; a connection that begets gratitude and a gratitude that begets reciprocity; what the Earth gives us we, in turn, should equally give back to the Earth.
Strengthening our physical connection to the Earth strengthens how we connect to ourselves and how we connect to one another, which ultimately shapes the future that holds us all.
The Time is Now
Participants across the US will addressed their areas’ own particular water issues, while connecting to the larger national network of “water dances.” These dances serve as a bridge to public awareness and are a call to action, uniting people through the common and urgent need to connect to the Earth and each other.
The performance at Mary Ross Waterfront Park took place within and around a temporary labyrinth designed by Jay Staley and built with community members and volunteers. With an eye to food justice, the labyrinth was created using can goods collected through a Food Drive organized by Glynn Environmental Coalition to benefit America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Under the artistic direction of Sue Schroeder, The Phil Morrison Trio will join the artists of Core Dance and community participants in this shared performance experience.
In partnership with Glynn Environmental Coalition, Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, Burroughs- Molette Elementary School, LoveSmart, Studio South Performing Arts Center, Brunswick Labyrinth Project and a growing list of community supporters, we sought to build community by uniting arts and environmental organizations on the local, state, and national levels. Several performances and activities took place as part of Brunswick’s Earth Day 2022 Celebration including:
Re-upcycled Art Exhibition opens at Historic Ritz Theatre, as part of 1st Friday, Brunswick
Earth Day Parade in downtown Brunswick
Glynn Environmental Coalition Earth Day Film Screening at Historic Ritz Theatre
Farmer’s Market, Mary Ross Waterfront Park
KEEP Golden Isles Beautiful – recycling event at the Glynn Place Mall
Story Time in the Playground, Mary Ross Waterfront Park
The Phil Morrison Trio, Mary Ross Waterfront Park
National Water Dance with Core Dance, The Phil Morrison Trio, Mary Ross Waterfront Park
"It’s about reconnecting our sense of self and soul with our waterways and oceans."
-Celine Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau.
“Dance—a physical voice for environmental activism, taking it out of the margins and placing it in the center of the conversation.”
-Dr. Andrea Seidel