Due to weather conditions, the workshop and performance by the IUP Dance Theater at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for February 6, 2010, was postponed and is now rescheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2010. The student dance ensemble will perform scenes from Out of the Deep, a work originated by choreographer Holly Boda-Sutton in collaboration with poet Rosaly Roffman and composer David Berlin.
According to Christine Mills, program officer at the museum, the performance will highlight its Whale of a Day activities. This special event is tied into an exhibition from the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand titled Whales/Tohora. Out of the Deep was chosen for its ability to help visitors look at whales from a different perspective and to make an emotional connection to whales.
The work is an artistic call for deep understanding of whales and conservation of their habitat. The performance is based upon poems written by Roffman after her experience with a pod of whales off the coast of Mexico. It is a suite celebrating humans connecting with gray whales, the great creatures of the deep, through poetry, dance, and music and will be performed in the Hall of North American Wildlife at 11:00 a.m. After the performance of selections from the suite, the audience will be invited to interpret dramatic readings for themselves.
At 3:00 p.m., a lecture titlted “Out of the Deep: An In-Depth Look” will be held at the Carnegie Museum Lecture Hall. You will discover the inspiration behind the performance piece—gray whale mothers bringing their babies to meet whale watchers in San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California, Mexico. After an encore performance of selections from the Out of the Deep suite, the three artist collaborators will discuss the creation of this work, including how whale communication is incorporated into the music.
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