AXIS: Temples of Ice

"Harlem’s venerable Forces of Nature Dance Theatre takes a different approach. Choreographer Abdel R. Salaam employs a collage of ballet, modern, and African movements, performed with exacting beauty, to examine how religion has sought to control the bodies of African women. Although compact in time, Vision 5, like DanceAfrica, is large in spirit and import."

-Dance Magazine

AXIS: Temples of Ice exalts the elemental powers of snow and ice in their role as “protectors of the planet”, especially in the polar region

s of the north and the south. Arctic life, science, myth and the primal elements of wind and water drive the vision of this work as it ultimately comments on the current crisis of global warning and climate change. This work is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the tsunamis, hurricanes and continental drifts on our planet.

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.

Program Details

Running Time: 25:19
Choreography: Abdel R. Salaam
Set Design: Abdel R. Salaam
Light Design: Abdel R. Salaam
Costumes: Abdel R. Salaam

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