Watershed: A Symposium on Dance, Science, Activism, and the Future of Water in Iowa

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:00am
A Free Public Symposium Dancers in Company (DIC), the touring dance company of the University of Iowa Department of Dance, presents “Watershed: Dance, Science, Activism and the Future of Water in Iowa,” a free public symposium featuring dance performances, a panel discussion, participatory activities and a keynote talk by Bill Stowe, Director of the Des Moines Water Works, on Friday, April 29, 10:00am-2:30pm at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) Amphitheatre on the University of Iowa (UI) campus. “We are very excited to explore the relationship between the performing arts and multiple areas of research and public life with the community,” states Michael Sakamoto, DIC Co-Director. “It’s the perfect culmination to our 2016 touring season around Iowa.” Capstone of 2015-16 Season Watershed is the last event in the DIC 2015-2016 season, which was organized around a yearlong theme of water. During the fall semester, 12 student dancers and two company co-directors researched and discussed numerous artistic, cultural, scientific and environmental aspects of water, especially as it relates to quality of life issues throughout the state. “This symposium gives us an opportunity to put our creative research in conversation with the scientific and cultural research of our campus collaborators and to use this dialogue as a way to engage the public with water quality issues specific to our community and our state,” says Jessica Anthony, DIC co-director. DIC commissioned a program of dance works in multiple genres by six choreographers, including renowned hip-hop choreographer, Rennie Harris, as well as faculty members Armando Duarte (modern dance), Eloy Barragan (contemporary ballet), Jessica Anthony (contemporary dance), Waewdao Sirisook (Thai dance) and Michael Sakamoto (contemporary performance). Watershed and this year’s Dancers in Company activities are made possible by our generous sponsors: UI Department of Dance, UI Arts Share, UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, UI Office of Outreach and Engagement, UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, UI School of Urban and Regional Planning, UI IIHR – Hydroscience and Engineering, and the Undergraduate Dance Organization. Lunch is provided with advanced registration. For symposium schedule and registration information please visit:  http://dic.org.uiowa.edu/forms/register