Terrestrial Wombs

"The visual statement of the opening can only be described as epic. The movement displayed Salaam’s vast knowledge of West African dance. This was seamlessly combined with strong theatrical elements, modern dance and solid choreographic structure." - Walter Rutledge, Harlem'World

Since the dawn of an age when the moon and time were one, the oceans, seas, lakes and rivers have been known by artists and scientists, poets and priests alike as symbols of the wombs of life on earth. From their watery matrix sprang forth many of the myths, legends, manifestations and womb-manifestations of creation. Terrestrial Wombs embraces the essences of Her power, fluidity and grace as She sources us with the rhythms, currents and cycles of being.

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

Choreography: Abdel R. Salaam
Lighting: William H. Grant II
Costume Design: Helen Simmons
Sound Design: David Lawson
Musical Direction: Abdel R. Salaam