2021 is our sixth Global Water Dances event and our 10th year working and dancing together for safe water. Because of this, Global Water Dances is extending our single day event into a full week of festivities, running from Tuesday, June 8th (World Ocean Day) through Sunday, June 13th.
The founders of Global Water Dances believed that community-based dance performances could be a powerful non-verbal way to mobilize people to learn about the whole spectrum of water issues and to take action to protect access to safe drinking water. And with the Internet, it was possible to coordinate a sophisticated but inexpensive online production, both live and pre- recorded, that would allow people in all the performance locations to connect with each other.
“Since we started in 2011, more and more people have been coming together to use dance to celebrate the fundamental importance of water in all our lives,” said Artistic Director, Vannia Ibarguen. “In 2019, over 180 sites on every continent except Antarctica streamed their events across the globe. And this year, we’re expecting more than 200 sites to participate.”
“We have been so moved by the enthusiasm of so many to dance together and to share the stories of their local efforts to secure clean water for everyone, everywhere,” said Ibarguen. “We never could have predicted the commitment of the global dance communities to becoming a voice for agency and change that we see happening now.”
The organizers decided to extend the event from a single day to open the way for more people to participate, and to offer more options to connect. The first day, June 8, will kick things off with a “Splash Mob,” a one-minute choreographed dance that can be done individually or with a group and posted to social media. The next three days will feature online films of local-issue water dances, past and current. On Saturday, local groups will be performing a dance using the same choreography and sharing the results online. And on the final day, there will be two opportunities for participants to do synchronous sharing of the Global Dance choreography via video conference by using Zoom.
Global Water Dances has released a special half-hour long documentary featuring interviews with three of the founders together with video excerpts from dance performances from the last 10 years, ranging from Johannesburg to Bogota to Paris. The documentary is available on the Global Water Dances Youtube Channel @GlobalWaterDances or use direct link below
Global Water Dances is housed at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) in New York City. LIMS’ international network of dancers and choreographers is aspiring to cultivate a new generation of socially aware artists, who use dance to actively care for our planet and people. Dance is a powerful channel that connects human beings and makes visible what is invisible. Participating in a Global Water Dances event near you contributes to building communities of movement enthusiasts and water advocates around the world.