Picnic Area off Boulder Creek, slightly West of the intersection of East Walnut Street & the Boulder Creek Path
Date and Time:
June 24, 2017 at 9:30am and 4:30pm, MDT
Maren Waldman is a dance artist, educator, and entrepreneur who has studied the body in motion for over two decades. Maren’s current project, Postcards to the Earth (www.postcardstotheearth.com), tends to the personal relationships between humans and the natural world via dance and writing. Maren started her business Moving Joy Studios in 2010 to offer dance and healing arts to her community. Maren holds an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with a focus on Somatics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a BA in cultural Anthropology from Haverford College, and a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute. Maren’s environmental-dance workshops have been presented at the annual Front Range Bioneers conference in Colorado, the Body-Mind Centering® conference, and at the conference for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. She is also an instructor of dance at Front Range Community College in Colorado.
Allison Caw currently lives in Denver, Colorado. She holds an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts. She is a certified teacher of Williamson Technique Level One and a First Degree Reiki practitioner in the Usui tradition. She has been training in the performing arts and as a singer for over 16 years. Allison is developing a technique called Earth Body Connection which offers an opportunity to reconnect with the body, community and the Earth. She has worked with Boulder Open Space Mountain Parks and the non-profit organization Our Sacred Earth, to teach her workshops in the Colorado outdoors. As a teaching artist she draws from her training in Roy Hart, Williamson Technique, Body-Mind Centering(R), Developmental Movement Technique, Viewpoints, Grotowski, and Meditation. While living in Philadelphia she co-founded Bright Light Theater Company and most notably performed with New Paradise Laboratories.
History of Site and Related Water Issues:
The Boulder Creek is a beloved, fresh & clean water way that runs through the heart of Boulder. Many people go there for healing, respite, and play. It represents how privileged the community of Boulder is when it comes to access to clean water, fresh air, and near-by nature to explore and enjoy.
The primary issues in Colorado are larger than the city of Boulder. They include water rights and water management of the entire region, as Boulder is part of a semi-arid landscape where the population is growing rapidly and predicted to continue for the next few decades.
We are also in a state of an enormous amount of fracking. Fracking regulations are constantly raising awareness and outcry of activists and water protectors across the state and beyond.
Our dance will consider issues of water ‘ownership’, sharing resources, and broadening our local view of how water moves through us, our bodies, our communities, our state, and our world.
Our event this year is being designed in collaboration with two water-based service organizations that operate out of Boulder.
The Maji-Safi Group (http://majisafigroup.org/) is a public health and women’s empowerment organization that offers services and education in a rural community in Tanzania.
Engineers Without Borders (Rocky Mountain Chapter) has just returned from a trip to Guatemala where they helped design and install a water transportation system in a small mountain town.
The stories from each of these organizations will weave with local stories in our dance. Audience members will also be informed of these superb organizations that rely on donations to do their work!
Directions to the Site of Performance:
Boulder Creek and East Walnut
Email for more information:
How can I get involved?
Email Maren and share your ideas! We will need volunteers for setting up, hanging up signs, directing audience members to the performance location, and plenty of help with spreading the word!
We are also still looking for a photographer and videographer.
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