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Global Water Dances-Flint, MI

  • Riverbank Park 1 S Saginaw Street Flint, MI United States (map)

One day, every two years, 95+ cities from around the world participate in the Global Water Dances event From Beijing, China to Zadar, Croatia, choreographers take on local water issues through workshops, dance activism and dialogue. On June 24, 2017, the Flint, MI community will come together for their first-ever site of Global Water Dances and join in the simultaneous, global movement. 

The event is in two parts... 

*Meet at Riverbank Park near the UMF Rink. Rain Location at UMF Theatre Lobby.

All Flint residents and families are invited to participate in a community "flash mob" parade starting 11am at Riverbank Park with a brief workshop, then traveling to University of Michigan-Flint. All ages and abilities welcome in the dance parade. No dance experience required. Portions of the event will be livestreamed on social media and shared with the other 95+ global cities also doing the same dance in solidarity.

1:00-2:00pm FREE DANCE PERFORMANCE at University of Michigan-Flint Theatre, located in French Hall

Choreographer: Alisyn Hurd
Music by local Flint artist, Jon Connor
Performed by Vertical Ambition Dance Company
Description: This work is a result of living in the city of Flint throughout the ongoing water crisis, which reflects the anger, frustrations, hurt, sadness, and perseverance of each person in the work, as well as the politics that lead to the situation and the affects of lead poisoning. This work was recently presented as the featured work at RAD Fest, an alternative contemporary dance festival in Kalamazoo, MI. 

"With the Tides of Life"
Choreographers: Ashlynn Feige and Hannah Nettleton
Music: Siren’s Call by Derek Fiechter and Lullaby of the Siren by Audiomachine
Performers: Elizabeth Bowen, Ashlynn Feige, Patricia Kennedy, Hannah Nettleton, Alexandria Perrie, Ashinique Soney-Wesaw, and Chelsey Zappella
Description: The oscillating movements of tides imitate the courses that our lives take. Changes to water can affect both its natural and magical qualities. Similarly, changes in our lives affect us in both of these ways.

"Stand Firm"
Choreographer: Alisyn Hurd
Music: Critical by local Flint artist, Tunde Olaniran and Glory by Kayloo
Performed by Flint School of Performing Arts-Youth Dance Ensemble
Description: This is work is largely based on the EPA knowing the effects that lead exposure has on developing brains and literally stating that Flint isn't really the type of community you want to go out on a limb for. The students performing this work have a voice and a future, as do all children in the city of Flint, and this is them holding on to this belief and being provided a space to express that voice.  

Choreographers: Dr. Adesola Akinleye and Dancers
Composer: Lizz Wright
Music: Song for Mia
Performed by Flint School of Performing Arts-Flint Youth Ballet and dancers from Hasselbring Senior Center

"Ablution: A Washing Away"
Choreographers: Emma Davis and Beth Freiman
Scenic & Lighting Designer: Tyler Rankin
Music: Fur Alina by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Elizabeth Bowen, Ashlynn Feige, Patricia Kennedy, Michaela Nogaj, Ashinique Soney-Wesaw, and Chelsey Zappella
Description: In the wake of the Flint Water Crisis this dance is a simple exploration of the universal ritual of bathing often taken for granted.

Community Partners:
Flint Pride
Flint River Corridor Alliance
Flint River Watershed Coalition
Flint School of Performing Arts-Flint Youth Ballet
Flint School of Performing Arts-Youth Dance Ensemble
Hasselbring Senior Center
University of Michigan-Flint Department of Theatre & Dance
UM-Flint Student Dance Organization
Vertical Ambition Dance Company

Lead Project Collaborators:
Adesola Akinleye
Emma Davis
Beth Freiman
Alisyn & Jared Hurd
Karen Mills Jennings
Shawn Lent
Doug Mueller

Funding provided by:
Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation
Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.
Individual Sponsors

Earlier Event: June 20
Informational Meeting