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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

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Fables on Global Warming

October 21 - 26, 2013

UNCW Artists in Residence - Project Summary

“The beauty of the dancers, the costumes, the music, and the mere performance was beautiful overall." - a teacher who attended the free school performance

As part of the world premiere tour of Fables on Global Warming, Tony-nominated choreographer Karole Armitage (Armitage Gone! Dance) and composer/singer/lyricist Corey Dargel conducted a week long residency in Wilmington, NC. The residency was part of UNCW's eARTh inspired series, a semester long initiative exploring the artists’ perspective on climate change. The goal of the residency was to examine the potential of art/science collaborations and engage new audiences by examining an issue relevant to our region.

The residency engaged nearly 2,500 campus and community members through a series of workshops, panel discussions, meet-and-greets, Q&A's and performances. Campus and community partners such as New Hanover County Schools, Dance Cooperative, Wilmington Art Association, Dreams of Wilmington, Cape Fear River Watch, Plastic Oceacn Project, Surfrider and UNCW Eco engaged their members, hosted events and particiapted in the final performance and reception.

Students from New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender County attended free performances and were provided with educational materials, such as classroom visits and a Performance Guide, which included activites for Science, Langauage Arts, Music and Dance. Teachers commented about the educational and articstic merits of the performance:

“Students were engaged and the performance stimulated conversation on the interpretation. It was thoroughly enjoyed and brilliantly performed! Thank you for sharing your talent and your passion!”

“Students benefited from seeing a unique show and trying to make sense of it. We had a great conversation upon returning to school about what we enjoyed or found interesting. We were able to synthesize different parts of the show and discuss the unique components of lighting, costumes, characters, music, and movement”

“Allowed us to discuss how it related to our most recent science unit on Ecosystems. We discussed the lessons we learned and how we should apply them to our lives.”

UNCW students from Watson College of Education also participated in the week of events, by planning and implementing classroom activities for students at Ogden Elementary, in advance of the school performance at Kenan Auditoirum. Participating university students reflected on their applied learning experience:

“I just can't tell you…how happy I was to hear [students] make connections during the performance! I would hear students say: ‘oh, this part deals with what we talked about in science’“

“Our students were focused on the performance and were excited about the different things that were happening on the stage. The students who were sitting beside me were constantly making connections to our previous lesson.”

Residency Schedule

Community Master Class with Karole Armitage
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 (7:30 - 9 pm)
Dance Cooperative (Austin Commons, 5202 Carolina Beach Rd)

Setting the Stage: Lunch Break with Karole Armitage & Corey Dargel
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 (12:30 - 2 pm)
UNCW Kenan Auditorium stage

Panel Discussion & Reception: Translating Science into Art
Tuesday, Oct. 22 (6 pm)
UNCW Center for Marine Science Auditorium

Boat Tour of the Cape Fear River with Karole Armitage, Corey Dargel
Hosted by Cape Fear River Watch & Kemp Burdette, Riverkeeper

Classroom Visit: ENG 313 - Translating Science into Art
Wednesday, Oct. 23 (11 am)
UNCW Morton Hall

Midday Cafe Interview with Jemila Ericson
Tuesday, Sept. 17 (12:10 pm)
WHQR-91.3 Studios

School Performances: Fables on Global Warming by Armitage Gone! Dance
Friday, Oct. 25 (9:30 & 11:30 am)
UNCW Kenan Auditorium

Public Performance & Reception: Fables on Global Warming by Armitage Gone! Dance
Saturday, Oct. 26
UNCW Kenan Auditorium
8 pm performance / 9 pm Meet-the-Artists wine reception
Tickets: $8 - $20

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