Global Water Dances to be held around the world
On June 20, 2015, people from over seventy communities across six continents will assemble to revere, renew, and inspire solutions for our precious resource of water. Global Water Dances will take place over a period of 24 hours, all broadcast live online.
Dances begin in the Pacific Rim and roll westward through the time zones, encircling the globe. Sydney, Savar (Bangladesh), Tel Aviv, Cairo, Athens, Gburma (Ghana), Warsaw, Berlin, Buenos Aires, New York, Bogota, Lima, Mexico City, are just a few of the cities participating in the 2015 event. Global Water Dances is a world event first launched in June 2011. The second global performance was performed on June 15, 2013. These dances use dance and music to blend local water issues with the ongoing struggle to ensure safe water for all human beings.
Global Water Dances is a bold visionary artistic initiative focused on the critical need for safe drinking water. Already today, there are an estimated 5 million deaths per year globally from polluted water. By 2025, over half the world’s population will be facing water-related problems. (See Water Issues page for more info.)
Global Water Dances is a model of how to use participatory art-making to raise consciousness about environmental problems and how to bring people together to work on solving these problems. Participants and viewers of Global Water Dances learn about the critical role of humans in protecting water supplies.
The initiators of Global Water Dances are an international network of dance and non-verbal communication experts. Using Laban’s technique of Movement Choirs, the choreographers create dances which will not only move the participants, but also the observers.
Global Water Dances raises the awareness of participants and observers about the importance of water, and provides a model for empowering local communities to take action. The Global Water Dances event brings local environmental experts and organizations, artists and members of the community together in a process that can build ongoing collaborations.