How church officials, a modern dance troupe, artists and musicians came together to bring awareness to climate change as it affects bodies and land


Give Earth a dance.

Two churches, a nearby modern-day dance troupe and an array of guest artists and speakers have occur collectively to produce a weeklong, surroundings-themed efficiency occasion, “Body And Land: Exhibition For Eco-Justice.”

The event, which starts Saturday, was over a calendar year in the creating and is anchored by dance performances from the Middletown-dependent Ekklesias Contemporary Ballet and an immersive visible artwork knowledge made by Stephen Proctor. It is scored to songs by Vivaldi and accented by various talks or readings nightly all over the 9-effectiveness operate at Hartford’s Christ Church Cathedral at 45 Church St., just lately renovated to be far more of a overall performance-helpful room.

“It’s variety of remarkable. It is challenging to put into words,” says Rev. Mary Barnett of Church of the Holy Trinity in Middletown, who co-arranged “Body and Land” with the Very Rev. Miguelina Howell and Ekklesia creative director Elisa Schroth. Barnett, who experienced her individual experimental dance troupe in the New Haven location in the 1980s and ’90s, applied for the $22,000 Generation Care nationwide grant from the Episcopal Church that made “Body and Land” feasible.

Barnett notes that the Church of the Holy Trinity has strongly embraced environmental difficulties, including a assure to “take treatment of creation” that has been added to baptismal ceremonies. The church also presents the Ekklesia troupe with a studio area, so they ended up the first artists enlisted for the venture. Schroth brought the environmental visual artist Proctor on board.

Ekklesia’s dance piece, executed just about every day of the operate except Tuesday, fills 15 minutes of every single hourlong functionality. Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” is utilized to “look at climate adjust by a seasonal lens,” Barnett says. There are also contributions by composer Scott Simonelli and poet Kwamena Blankson.

The total week, Barnett suggests, works by using the arts, especially dance, “to enable increase recognition of a significant subject in a way that can shift persons. This is about local climate alter as it influences our bodies, as properly as bodies of land. We’re pulling collectively just about every artwork medium to truly [bring] awareness and also celebrate the environment.”

Between the situations exceptional to each and every efficiency:

Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m.: Theologian Ellen Davis.

June 6 at 7 p.m.: A monologue offered by Hartford Phase, directed by Zoë Golub-Sass.




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June 7 at 7 p.m.: Songs from Cuatro Puntos and guest speaker Sam Fuller.

June 8 at 7 p.m.: A “Dialogue on Intersection of Social/Racial Justice and Development Care” with Canon Ranjit Mathews and the ECCT Racial, Justice, Healing and Reconciliation Network.

June 9 at 7 p.m.: Cathedral new music and poetry by Dr. Lindsay Rockwell.

The June 10 effectiveness at 7 p.m. and June 11 pupil matinee at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. general performance have no extra things introduced apart from the dance and art.

On June 12 at 10 a.m., there is a closing Eucharist ceremony with the Barnett and the Howell as celebrants as well as guest preacher Rev. Stephanie Johnson.

Admission is no cost to all the performances. For a lot more info and to register for absolutely free tickets, go to

Christopher Arnott can be achieved at [email protected].


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