Tale of Ten Green
In its 13th year of presenting controversial, potent, high risk productions, DASSdance opens the 2013-2014 season with Tale of Ten Green.
Artistic Director, Daniel Wilkins will transform the company of DASSdance into a "lost tribe" amid an overgrown, lush ecosystem created across the stage by the Lighting Designer Linet Henry. As Wilkins' most "natural" work to date Tale of Ten Green will weave a simple choreographic story line with authentic music, spoken testimony from the Amazon tribes, live singing from the DASSdancers. Re-purposed used clothing, live plants, and projected images will compose the lush habitat. Theatrical lighting and imagery of the Amazon Rainforest will transport the audience into a world of movement and stunning visual display. Wilkins used recorded testimonies from Survival International as background to the dance and inspiration for the story line. He is drawing from the simplest of sources such as recorded testimony, drumming and flute. The excellence of the professional dancers brings a unique brand of a cutting edge style created from diverse dance vocabularies. DASSdancers will employ their signature All-Terrain Dance style that combines forward pushing athleticism with high-flying acrobatics driven for Tale of Ten Green by a purely spiritual quest.
DASSdance is honored to contribute to the important work of Survival International with Tale of Ten Green, a new dance theatre work inspired by the Awa tribe's struggle to keep their land and independence. Some of the tribes in the Awa are "Uncontacted Tribes" -some of the last remaining on earth. These people are not backwards - they are a highly evolved , self sufficient cultures that have everything they need directly from their land but loggers have already wiped out 30% of their virgin land restricting their ability to hunt and continue peacefully in their lush ecosystem.
Recently their has been a triumph for their cause, on August 16, 2013, the Brazilian military moved in on the illegal loggers confiscating and destroying machinery and closing at least eight saw mills. The work however is far from over as there are still loggers on the Awa land and further support is needed.
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