The Foot Bridge, Belfast Maine
Date and Time:
June 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Bio: Molly Gawler is one who loves making dances for the celebration water. Her company ‘Droplet Dance’ is for the purpose of spreading the awareness and love of good clean clear water through performances integrating dance, circus and story. She uses the Cyr Wheel in her pieces for she finds it to be a good vehicle for communicating flow of life. Molly previously toured the world with Pilobolus Dance Theater in their show ‘Shadowland.’ She plays traditional music with the ‘Gawler Family Band’ on fiddles and banjos.
History of Site and Related Water Issues:
Penobscot Bay is the opening out to the sea of the Penobscot River. For the Wabanaki native people this river was the source of life. It was abundant with food and fish. Now many of the Penobscot/Wabanaki people who are left, live in Old Town, Maine on the Penobscot Indian Reservation. There is an event being held this summer called Healing the Wounds of Turtle Island in which ancestors of the Wabanaki Tribe invite all people of the rainbow tribe in a healing ceremony. This Global Water Dance connects to that event as we dance with the same water that flows from Belfast Bay to Old Town.
Music for our Belfast Global Water Dance is of the place. Local folk musicians on fiddle, banjo, giutar, cello, harmonica, etc will be playing for our event.
Belfast Global Water dance will feature Droplet Dance, a company created by Molly Gawler. It also will be a collaboration with local dance collective called Womens Works. We will invite the community, and people of all ages to participate as well.
The environmental impact is to bring awareness to water in our world through dance. Penobscot Bay, specifically, is a place that used to be a dumping ground for chicken farmers, and over the last several decades, people have made a tremendous change so that the bay is now much more beautiful and clean. With this dance we bring appreciation for the beauty that is all around us, and honor for mother nature and our clear blue water ways.
Directions to the Site of Performance:
From Rt. 3, drive down to the end of Main St. You will see an option to take a right before you reach the water. Start looking on your left for the big park and the gazebo. The park is called Steamboat Landing. Parking is all around the periphery of the park.
Location of the dance: starts at the Belfast Footbridge at 5:00pm, make a parade to the Come-Boating Boathouse – Marshal Wharf Rd. On the GREEN. (Go to the end of Main Street towards the water in Belfast)
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How can I get involved?
We will have a portion of this Global Water Dance that is open to all people. The whole community, all ages, are invited to dance with us in a very simple dance that everyone
can learn on the day of the event. So you can come, and join us if you wish.
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