Climate Artists



The NYC-based Eryc Taylor Dance Company presents a stunning multisensory movement reflection on the global warming crisis.

AIRED: September 12, 2019 | 0:05:00

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.


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