Conceptualized and Choreographed by Monica Ordoñez

The Sea Around Us

Music: Ólafur Arnalds
Dancers: Bayleigh Cragun, Cailyn O'Hara, Elyssa Fonicello, Josh Bell, Kendra Unique, Kristina Ganssle 

Record of Time

Music: J. Ralph
Dancers: Aaron Wiggins, Cailyn O'Hara, Bayleigh Cragun, Kristina Ganssle 

 

Missed Messages

Music: J. Ralph
Dancers: Aaron Wiggins, Alexa Erck, Bayleigh Cragun, Elle Jones, Josh Bell, Justice Hues, Kendra Unique, Kristina Ganssle, Lauren Saizan, Michelle Dinh

 

The Calm and the Storm

Music: Balmorhea
Dancers: Elle Jones, Alexa Erck

 

The Encroaching Sea  

Music: Grand Isle Diaries, courtesy of Louisiana Sea Grant
Dancers: Aaron Wiggins, Bayleigh Cragun, Elyssa Fonicello, Justice Hues, Kristina Ganssle

 

Cascades

Music: J. Ralph; text from Ice on Fire documentary
Dancers: Aaron Wiggins, Alexa Erck, Bayleigh Cragun, Cailyn O'Hara, Elle Jones, Elyssa Fonicello,  Josh Bell, Justice Hues, Kendra Unique, Kristina Ganssle, Lauren Saizan, Michelle Dinh

 

Blanket Effect 

Music: Rebekka Karijord, Jon Ekstrand
Dancers: Alexa Erck, Elle Jones 

 

Tick Tock

Music: Rebekka Karijord, Jon Ekstrand 

Dancers: Elyssa Fonicello, Josh Bell, Kendra Unique, Michelle Dinh

 

Things we Lost (to the water)

Music: Rebekka Karijord, Jon Ekstrand / narration of novel by Eric Nguyen
Dancers: Michelle Dinh 

 

Horizon  

Music: J. Ralph, Grand Isle Diaries, courtesy of Louisiana Sea Grant
Dancers: Cailyn O'Hara, Elle Jones, Elyssa Fonicello, Josh Bell, Kristina Ganssle, Lauren Saizan, Michelle Dinh

 

The Day Turned Into Night

Music: Ólafur Arnalds
Dancers: Cailyn O'Hara, Josh Bell

in honor of the victims of Paradise Camp Fires

Resource: https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2021/02/new-timeline-deadliest-california-wildfire-could-guide-lifesaving-research 

 

On Sacred Ground 

Created in collaboration with Kendra Unique and the dancers

Music: Les Cenelles, text by Sharon Lavgine
Dancers: Josh Bell, Kendra Unique, Lauren Saizan

Resource: https://www.risestjames.org/ 

 

Chenier Plain

Music: J. Ralph, Grand Isle Diaries, courtesy of Louisiana Sea Grant
Dancers: Aaron Wiggins, Bayleigh Cragun, Elle Jones, Elyssa Fonicello, Kristina Ganssle 

 

A Shrinking Web 

Music: J. Ralph, Antony; the last call of the now extinct Kauaʻi ʻōʻō bird
Dancers: Aaron Wiggins, Cailyn O'Hara, Elyssa Fonicello, Josh Bell, Kendra Unique, Lauren Saizan

Resource: our threatened Eastern Blackrail Bird https://www.audubon.org/news/the-secretive-eastern-black-rail-officially-gets-classified-threatened#:~:text=Conservation-,The%20Secretive%20Eastern%20Black%20Rail%20Officially%20Gets%20Classified%20as%20'Threatened,under%20the%20Endangered%20Species%20Act

 

2050

Music: J. Ralph
Dancers: Bayleigh Cragun, Elle Jones, Justice Hues, Kristina Ganssle, Michelle Dinh

 

Another World

Music: Antony and the Johnsons
Dancers: Elle Jones

 

-15 MINUTE INTERMISSION-

 

Once it’s Gone

Music: Grand Isle Diaries, courtesy of Louisiana Sea Grant
Dancers: Elle Jones

 

What Once Was

Music: Mary Lattimore
Dancers: Alexa Erck

 

Throwaway Living 

Music: Anita Bryant
Dancers: Aaron Wiggins, Bayleigh Cragun, Lauren Saizan  

 

Planet or Plastic 

Music: Ólafur Arnalds
Dancers: Aaron Wiggins, Bayleigh Cragun, Cailyn O'Hara, Elyssa Fonicello, Josh Bell, Kendra Unique, Kristina Ganssle, Michelle Dinh 

 

Water in the Womb

Music: Tarn Travers, Ben Russell, Yuki Numata Resnick, Clarice Jensen, Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Langley School Music Project
Dancers: Alexa Erck, Gianni Reid, Monica Ordoñez

 

Women in Climate

Music: Rebekka Karijord, Jon Ekstrand; text by Dr. Katharine K. Wilkson
Dancers: Bayleigh Cragun, Cailyn O'Hara, Elyssa Fonicello, Kendra Unique, Kristina Ganssle,  Lauren Saizan, Michelle Dinh

Source: https://www.oneearth.org/why-women-are-key-to-solving-the-climate-crisis/

https://www.unwomen.org/en/news-stories/explainer/2022/03/explainer-why-women-need-to-be-at-the-heart-of-climate-action 

Waking Up

Music: Rebekka Karijord, Jon Ekstrand; text by  Dr. Katharine K. Wilkson, Leah Thomas, Colette Pichon Battle
Dancers: Aaron Wiggins, Bayleigh Cragun, Cailyn O'Hara, Elle Jones, Elyssa Fonicello, Josh Bell, Kendra Unique, Kristina Ganssle, Lauren Saizan, Michelle Dinh

 

…and The Land Became the Sea  

Music: Grand Isle Diaries, courtesy of Louisiana Sea Grant, featuring “Clouds of Time” French poem
Dancers: Aaron Wiggins, Cailyn O'Hara, Elyssa Fonicello, Kendra Unique, Kristina Ganssle, Lauren Saizan, Michelle Dinh

Resource: https://www.laseagrant.org/communications/voices/grand-isle-diaries/ 

 

Future Now

Music: Ólafur Arnalds
Dancers: Aaron Wiggins, Bayleigh Cragun, Cailyn O'Hara, Elyssa Fonicello, Josh Bell, Kristina Ganssle, Kendra Unique, Lauren Saizan, Michelle Dinh

*Cypress trees we plant, courtesy of Common group Relief, will go into our waters to help restore our wetlands.  

Yarn art installation: With inspiration from climate scientist Ed Hawkins' warming stripes, local artist and dancer Keisha Calderon constructed intricate dresses made of yarn to represent a visualization of the global rise in temperatures over the last 170 years, with blue representing average temperatures and red being above average temperatures. Since the industrial revolution, our planet has already warmed by at least 1.1 degrees Celsius. 

 

Dancer bios can be found at https://www.melangedanceofnola.com/dancers 

Please consider completing our audience survey after the show. We want to hear from you!

 

RISE contains the difficult themes of displacement, fire, flood, and loss of life. We recognize that this can evoke a range of emotions and may have an impact on you. If you’d like to learn more, talk to the box office before the show. 


 

Climate Clock

Together, we can demand climate justice, together we can imagine the future we deserve. The Climate Clock will syncrhonize every city, every country, we will rise and we will win because we have to. Rise with us, meet the moment. Rise in time. 

Nola Action Mobilization:https://climateclock.world/take-action-in-nola

 

Additional action Items and Resources:

https://statesatrisk.org/louisiana/all 

https://fossilfueltreaty.org/ 

https://gov.louisiana.gov/page/climate-initiatives-task-force 

https://www.laseagrant.org/ 

https://itsneworleans.com/2021/08/04/wind-design/ 

Book Inspirations: All We Can Save, The Intersectional Environmentalist, The Future We Choose, The Sea Around Us, Things We Lost to the Water


Production Credits

Artistic Director: Monica Ordoñez

Executive Director: Alexa Erck Lambert

Artistic Associate: Kendra Unique

Choreographer: Monica Ordoñez

Costume Designer: Baylee Robertson

Wardrobe Assistants: Justice Mosley,  Meredith Landry 

Lighting Design and Technical Production: Crescent Sound & Light, Inc. 

A/V Technician: Rodriguez Nuñez

Set Design: Kendra Unique 

Sound Designer: Monica Ordoñez

Film Editor: Monica Ordoñez

Box Office Manager: Jordan Lambert

 

   

Special Thanks

Kacie Thomassie, Loyola University, Climate Clock,  Louisiana Sea Grant, RISE St. James, Sharon Lavigne, Common Ground, Gretchen Erickson, Hiram Mechling, Mélange Dance Company Board of Directors, and to you, the audience, without whom our mission and tonight’s performance would go unheard.

 

 

Supporters

The New Orleans Theater Association, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, The Arts Council New Orleans, and Jones Walker LLP

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