Music/Dance/Performance

Paul Winter Consort, "Appalachian Morning" from Voices of a Planet, 1990. An Earth Day/spring anthem! Paul Winter "is a pioneer of world music and 'earth music', which interweaves the voices of the wild (whale songs, wolf howls) with instrumental voices from classical, jazz and world music." His beautiful and energizing music celebrates and advocates for the planet and all living things. 

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Matthew Burtner, "Syntax of Snow" from the Glacier Music album, 2019. Alaskan composer and environmental activist, using ecoacoustics to create "universal, ecology-centered forms." (His music is heard accompanying the performance of THAW in Sydney--see below.)

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Mr Bruce, "I Am Disaster" 2021. "I am disaster, I am doom, you didn’t expect to meet me so soon..." music video made supporting the Environmental Justice Foundation.

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Moya Brennan (of the Clannad Band, related to Enya), "Voices of the Land" 2009.

Watch on YouTube (Very poor visual but good sound)

Lyrics:  

As I journey through this blessed land
The signs and wonders are clear to me
Streams of silver, streams of gold
How much longer will they flow?
Will they flow?

Watch the seasons change with every year
With disappearing skies, the earth will fade
Trees so tall and proud, forest so grand
How much longer will they stand?
Will they stand?

Raindrops falling, everything breathes
Hear the voices of the land
Of the land

Marvin Gaye, "Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology)" 1971.  Remember this? "What about this overcrowded land how much more abuse from man can she stand." There are multiple videos on YouTube, find your favorite.

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Donald Glover,"Feels like Summer” music video by Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) “might be one of the farthest-reaching pieces of climate art ever”

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Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi” 1970. One of the first, and still one of the best!  Lines like these say it all:

 “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone?

 They paved paradise and put up a parking lot”  

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Dance/Performance

Dancing Earth, Seeds Regeneration and Between Underground and Skyworld, 2019.

Dancing Earth is an indigenous contemporary dance group led by Rulan Tangen. "They collaborate with indigenous artists and musicians around the world, focusing on decolonizing theater at every level" with special attention to input from local tribal communities. Their work expresses deep grief at ecological losses combined with offerings of culturally-inspired ways of healing. 

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Legs on the Wall, THAW, performed in Sydney Australia, 2022. Suspended 65.6 feet above Sydney Harbor, a 5,952-lb iceberg slowly melted as a performer suspended by a harness danced across it, as part of the 2022 Sydney Festival.  Music by Matthew Burtner (see above). Thanks to Nancy Atwood for contributing this!

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Davalois Fearon, Consider Water, 2015, Bronx River Parka performance to grapple with the issue of water shortage.  "Her family in the U.S. had already spent money bussing clean water to relatives in Jamaica when a conversation with the U.S. ambassador to the U. N. prompted Davalois Fearon to think about the big picture of water resources. As part of her work Consider Water, two dancers randomly distribute cups to audience members and a third pours water into some of the cups. The symbolism allows other audience members to glimpse what it feels like to be denied a resource, overlooked and ignored."

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OXFAM Hot Air Band at COP26, 2021.  Big-head caricatures of world leaders performing in a traditional Scottish bagpipe band. “They are just blowing hot air, and we have had enough of hot air and empty promises.  What we are asking for is for concrete action.”  

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Extinction Rebellion’s Red Rebel Brigade, CODE RED, at Glasgow Central Station, Nov 2021. "The iconic Red Rebel Brigade joined forces with Scotland’s Blue Rebels in holding world leaders to account during the COP26 Climate Summit. They delivered a haunting performance and a reading, followed by a silent procession around the station and its concourse, ending in the unfurling of a banner signifying the end of their journey and the hope that COP26 will drive political climate action." “It is now CODE RED for humanity, for climate, and for nature. There is not a single moment more to waste, and policymakers who don’t come to the table ready to make sacrifices really will have blood on their hands.”

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Nelson, choreographer, Joan Jeanrenaud, composer, Dead Reckoning, 2014, performed by the ODC Dance Company in San Francisco.  The title refers to navigating in poor visibility, increasing the stress and likelihood of error-- is this our situation re: the climate crisis? This KQED newsroom special is great for some background on this beautiful and expressive piece.  Click on image to watch the whole performance.

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Jody Sperling, Bringing the Arctic Home 2015, dancing on the ice.  She accompanied a scientific mission to the Arctic as the guest of oceanographer Robert Pickart.  She won a Creative Climate Award and continues to engage in climate literacy outreach.

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