New York Dancing Green
“New York Dancing Green,” is a performance based dance project taking place in the Summer and Fall of 2010. “Dancing Green,” a play on the various meanings of the word ‘green’, intends to link Dance and Sustainability (green projects) through the use of live, exciting ‘flash mob’ dances and giant dancing puppets performing in outdoor spaces.
The dancers and dancing puppets designed by Norm Johnson Jr. call attention to sustainability issues, enact simple scenes of “green education,” and practice conservation by performing outdoors and avoiding the use of electricity, gas and other fossil fuels. The scale of the puppets are large enough to be seen from a distance with one or two people manipulating them. Dancing Green events are open and accessible to everyone.
The Dancing Green Project is made possible via funding from the New York State Dance Force, the New York State Council on the Arts, Tompkins County Arts Fund, the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, and the Cornell Council for the Arts
The New York State DanceForce is a statewide network of dance activists, artists, presenters and funders committed to increasing the quantity and quality of dance activity across the state of New York. Every year, DanceForce’s twenty members create exciting and innovative projects in their communities helping to move work to new regions and to knit together dance communities from around the state. The DanceForce subsidizes a wide array of projects including artist residencies, arts in education programs, marketing initiatives, public performances, lecture demonstrations, a regional regranting program, intensive outreach with youth groups and the community at large, networking initiatives, and projects that link local communities with artists and companies from other regions.