University of Iowa dance performance focuses on water

The Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus sits on the banks of the Iowa River. (Tony Webster/Flickr)
Nick Fetty | February 24, 2016

A University of Iowa dance troupe has made water issues a theme for its most recent tour of performances set to begin this week.

The UI’s Dancers in Company has spent the past year preparing for a performance entitled Water Works. The dancers auditioned for parts last spring and researched water issues last fall. Researchers and professors from various departments offered input including Peter Weyer, associate director of the UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination.

“It’s an opportunity to reach out to the general public and make what we do a little easier to understand,” he said in an interview with Iowa Watch. “We’re deep in the science of it and it gets pretty bogged down pretty quick if you listen to the types of things we do.”

The performance consists of six different works on various aspects of water including the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit and the Flint, Michigan lead contamination crisis.

This is at least the second time a UI dance performance has shed light on environmental issues. During the spring of 2015, UI dance student and Climate Narrative Project fellow Sophia Finster choreographed and directed “The Dinner Party: Processed vs. Unprocessed Food” which addressed the environmental impact of processed food.

Water Works
Upcoming Performances

Iowa City
Feb. 25-27
University of Iowa, Space Place Theater

Chicago, IL
March 2
Columbia College

March 3
Figge Art Museum

March 9
Horace Mann Elementary and Indian Hills Community College

Toledo (Iowa)
April 3
Wieting Theater

April 9
Dubuque Museum of Art

Des Moines
April 11
Central Academy and Findley Elementary

Iowa City
April 29
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
University of Iowa Memorial Union
Outdoor Amphitheater
(As part of Water Shed:
A Symposium on Art, Science and Engagement)

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