Eryc Taylor Dance’s choreography sounds the alarm about climate change


In the Big Bang, I’m emerging from dirt and
mulch. What I’m feeling when I’m doing the solo is
that I’m being born and I’m the creator of a new universe.
I feel pain, fire, sorrow, happiness and the feeling of creation.
I almost feel like I go into a trance when I do this dance.
About two years ago, we were thinking about what our next project was going to be, what
our next big thing was going to be. Eric came in one day and was like, “I have this great
idea. I have this amazing dream. We’re going to make a a piece about climate change.”
With what we are doing here, we’re telling you that we’re talking about climate change
and that we’re trying to make a difference here and teach you this lesson, but we’re
not giving you all of the answers. Our goal as as artists is to create this catalyst for
a conversation that can grow. think the dance is a really wonderful mode
of expression and communication. Also in dance, we are able to take thousands, millions, billions
of years and compress them into one little icon of artistic idea and present that in
front of people. We’re discussing narratives of love and loss
in contrast to themes of climate and man forgetting earth. There’s going to be a lot of intimacy
but tension. At the same time, we talked about building up movements with lifts and towering
to resemble buildings and factories. Also, we’re using the imagery of sheets of glaciers
falling into the sea. I felt that it was important to get the audience
to that place of appreciating the stillness and beauty of this relatively tranquil and
stable moment in which humans can thrive. It’s very important to take people through
the catastrophic geological events that led us to this moment. I employed huge sounds,
crunches of chords, almost an assault to the ear using timpani and trombone and tuba and
other instruments. I feel that my piece as part of a larger structure
is really bridging the gap and letting this full narrative that Eric is putting it together.
How can it move forward and how can we really tell the story of evolution through this one
12 minute section alone? Jordan’s done a wonderful job at adapting
the movement from the earth and evolving with cannons and level changes. Really, we can
see the depiction of evolution and the evolution of our planet and then the evolution of man.
Our timeline shows earth dying at the end, but our goal is to teach you that it doesn’t
have to be that way, that let’s start the conversation now. We haven’t made it to the
end of that timeline yet. Let’s curve that ending and hopefully save what we can and
improve our practices as a community.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *