A few weeks ago, Dance Exchange presented FROM THE DESK OF RACHEL CARSON as part of Dance Place's Modern Modern Moves Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. We showcased a 15-minute excerpt of a devised dance piece inspired by the life, career and legacy of environmentalist Rachel Carson. The performance was soldout, which is always exciting, and we received such a passionate and appreciative response. Right now, we're figuring out next steps to grow the piece and I'm just so thrilled to be moving forward with this work.
FROM THE DESK OF RACHEL CARSON is inspired by the impact of Rachel Carson's novel, Silent Spring. Published in 1962, Carson exposed the brilliant and life-saving, but also negative impact of the pesticides on nature and challenged the many ways in which technological advances impede the health of humans and wildlife. All in all, she helped launch the environmental movement. Already a renowned nature author, Carson had also worked as a marine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She grew up with an enthusiasm for nature, which she held her entire life and captured in her later novel, Sense of Wonder. Click here to learn more about Rachel Carson.
You can read more about our work and process here and here. Also, please enjoy these wonderful and captivating photos from our performance!
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