Climate Change and the Arts for an evening of entertainment

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BRATTLEBORO >> Local artistes merge two passions for their performances on Saturday, May 2. The Love of the earth, and the love of music, dance and poetry. Organized by Post Oil Solutions – a community organization empowering the people to develop sustainable, collaborative, and socially just communities – Climate Change & the Arts will be an evening filled with music and dance choreographed to select poetry. All with an environmental focus that brings attention to the need for change.

The first half of the evening will feature Brattleboro-based musicians John Ungerleider & Co., and Keene, N.H.-based Solar Sisters. Both acts will be bringing their environmentally-focused repertoire to the stage.

John Ungerleider is a musician and professor of conflict transformation at the SIT Graduate Institute. He authored and has performed around New England his original "co-opera" about global warming, Secret of the Seasons. excerpts from his Co-opera. Speaking about his reason for creating the Co-opera, Ungerleider said, "facing the over-whelming reality of global warming understandably causes fear, denial, and paralysis. Music can help us manage the psychological challenges to initiating individual and collective action in response."

"Solar Sisters" Valerie Piedmont and Jeanne Sable will perform original songs of farm and garden, sustainable living, and contemporary issues with tight harmony singing and finger-style guitar.

The second half of the evening will include five pieces choreographed by SoBo, Dance Studio, a dance company experienced in poetic interpretive dance. Performers from SoBo – Toni Nagy, Cyndal Ellis, Damon Honeycutt, Claire LeMessurier, and Alyse Landis – have choreographed and will perform as poetic-dance the works of authors Nanci Bern, Namaya, Kevin Stine, Fred Taylor, and Michael Travisano. A panel of judges from Write Action – a community-based, grass-roots writer's organization – and SoBo selected the poetry from submissions by local authors to be integrated into the event.

Some pieces will be accompanied by live musicians, others to recorded readings of poetry set to a music background. A highlight of the evening will be Claire LeMessurier performing to "Autumn Sunset" by Fred Taylor while Taylor gives a live reading.

Event organizer Linda Brown said climate change is a crisis of relationship, our relationship with the earth that sustains us, and the relationships amongst ourselves as we need to be able to work together to find a solution. This event aims to help people work together and to develop that relationship. For someone who has a passion for organizing community events, and the arts, she is excited to see how this event pulls people together.

She said the P.O.S. sponsors took on the initiative of working with art as an avenue to raise awareness, while it was the community volunteers who have worked together that made this happen. There is no admittance charge, but any donations will be gladly accepted to go toward the operating costs of producing Climate Change & the Arts. Any surplus will go toward other P.O.S. endeavors.

The performance takes place at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St., Brattleboro, at 7 p.m.

For information about Post Oil Solution visit www.postoilsolutions.org.

Contact Cicely M. Eastman at 802-254-2311 ext. 261.


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