Performance and purpose collide in this fourteen city American tour. Presented in the most distinguished theaters in this country, "Water is Rising" will present the most exciting music and dance traditions of the Pacific while at the same time illuminating the plight of Pacific Islanders. Scientists report that the vulnerable coral atolls of Kiribati, Tokelau, and Tuvalu are already experiencing rising sea levels as a result of global warming and climate change. Thirty-six dancers and musicians express their deep connection to nature and their ancestral past through multi-part harmonies, poetry, and gracious movement cascading over dynamic rhythms inspiring us all to be better stewards of our shared planet. "Water is Rising" harnesses the power of performance art in an impassioned plea for global awareness and social change. "Water is Rising" will be performed at UCLA's Royce Hall on Saturday, October 15 at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets click here.
The "Water is Rising" official website, http://www.waterisrising.com/, features detailed information about the project including tour dates and artist biographies. It describes the project's team, organizers, and funders. The website introduces the islands at the center of the performance and how climate change is affecting these areas. There's also a teacher's guide, films, and list of related activist organizations.