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Fables on Global Warming

UNCW Artist in Residence

Fables on Global Warming

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 (8 pm) | Kenan Auditorium

“Fiercely pure….[Karole] Armitage follows a path cleared by George Balanchine.” - Village Voice

Familiar animal fables from around the globe -- interpreted through contemporary ballet, live music, vibrant costumes and innovative puppetry -- engage audiences of all ages in a dialogue about climate change.

Renowned for her unique and acute knowledge of the aesthetic values of Balanchine and Cunningham, Karole Armitage has cleared her own path in the dichotomy of classical and modern dance. Considered by many as the heir to the masters of 20th century American dance, Tony-nominated Armitage is also referred to as the “punk ballerina” (Vanity Fair) for her edgy, fierce choreography. From the concert stage, to Broadway, to collaborations with pop icons Michael Jackson and Madonna, Armitage’s work enlightens as much as it entertains. Her newest piece -- a one-hour performance art ballet, created in collaboration with visual artists, musicians and scientists -- will inspire, amuse and awe.

Choreography: Karole Armitage | Composer & Lyricist: Corey Dargel
Visual Director: Doug Fitch | Dove Costume: Jean Paul Gaultier
Dramaturge: Katharina Otto-Bernstein | Lighting Design: Robert Brown
Scientific Consultant: Dr. John Harte, UC Berkeley

Residency: Oct. 21 - 26, 2013 (see complete Residency Schedule)
Presented as part of UNCW's eARTh inspired series

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The Fables of Fables on Global Warming

The Marriage of the Sun (Aesop)
The sun decides to marry a beautiful star. The frogs protest, ‘one sun is bad enough, if you produce little suns, all the ponds will dry up!’

The Tortoise and the Hare (Aesop)
The hare boasts that he can run faster than anyone. But the tortoise calmly and steadfastly pursuing its goal, wins the race.

The Measure-worm Rock (Native American Meewok Tribe)
A flock of birds flies about. Noticing that it is very dry, they migrate to other climes. A dreadful drought ensues. The animals, from the small to the large, suffer in the heat. Finally a tiny cloud appears on the top of a tall mountain. One by one, each animal jumps, trying to catch the cloud. They fail. The tiny measure-worm appears. It inches up to the very top bringing down the cloud. It rains. The animals dance in celebration.

The Stag and the Lion (Jean de La Fontaine)
A stag, performed as a duet of male dancers, admires his large, beautiful antlers. Then he catches sight of his scrawny legs reflected in the pond. They embarrass him. A lion suddenly gives chase. The stag is slowed down when his magnificent antlers get caught in the trees. The lion catches his prey.

The Ant and the Chrysalis (Aesop)
A busy, productive ant notices a chrysalis just sitting, doing nothing. The ant disdains it. Suddenly it feels a breeze. A beautiful butterfly emerges. The ant chases it in awe.

The Ant and the Dove (Aesop)

An ant colony hurries about it business at breakneck speed. One falls, but none of the other ants take notice. A dove sees the ant’s struggle and comes to its rescue. But just as the dove frees the ant from peril, a lion spies the dove and is about to attack, when - a gnat distracts the lion from its prey. The ant and dove are saved.

The Gnat and the Bull (Aesop)

A bull munches on grass. A gnat flies about thinking itself very important, so important in fact, that the bull is paying attention only to it. The bull could care less. When the gnat brags, the bull eats it.

The Belly and Its Members (Aesop)
The members of the bull’s body - the legs, feet, arms and head - get annoyed with the stomach. They do all the work while the belly just sits there. They rebel, detaching from the lazy belly. Gradually the members lose strength and begin to wither. They return to the belly and united, find strength.

The Ant and the Cicada (Jean de La Fontaine)
An ant colony hurries about its business at breakneck speed. The Cicada prefers a peaceful pace. Gradually she convinces the ants to slow down and change to a less reckless way of being.

The Forest and the Woodcutter (Jean de La Fontaine)
A woodcutter promises no harm and then wields his axe.

Butterfly Dreams (Chuang Tzu)
The Chinese Daoist fable shows that man and butterfly are connected as one and the same being, sharing nature.


The presentation of Fables on Global Warming by Armitage Gone! Dance was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. Additional support provided by Target®

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