THE MUD BELOW explores the theme of transformation through three mythical reptiles: Ojise, the Yoruba chameleon; El Cocqui, the Taino tree frog and Quezacoatl, the Aztec feathered serpent. As we examine the primal beginnings of magic, religion, and culture, we often find our African and Native American ancestors exalting the powers of animals in nature that were considered to be super human or divine. The Mud Below is set in a timeless, surrealistic environment of green earth and a neighboring pond in which the magic of shedding skins transforms a reptile into two other zoomorphic forms of regeneration.
EARTHRITES highlights the “Green Ballets” of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, under artistic Direction of Abdel R. Salaam, whose commitments to environmental health, spiritually, and the survival of life on earth have been seminal themes of his choreography. In 1989, Forces of Nature presented its first Environmental Arts Gala entitled Eternal Earth. Whether known as GEB, GAIA, or GREEN, the movement to throughout history respect our planet and see it as a Living Being has inspired the work of spiritualists, artists, and scientists alike. Everyday people from all walks of life and different cultures are now working towards a healthier relationship with their terrestrial host. No matter who we are or where we come from, we all seek a higher quality of living for our families, communities, societies and the world at large. Forces of Nature continues to embrace the global movement of the 21st Century by offering “EARTHRITES”, a series of nine concert visions, lecture demonstrations, and creative programs that unite people to engage in Movement To Heal Our Planet.
Running Time: 13:52
Choreography: Abdel R. Salaam
Music: Nana Vasconcelos, Environmental Sounds Light Design: Abdel R. Salaam
Costumes: Abdel R. Salaam