UpRooted Dance Performance
The first of 3 performances by UpRooted Dance throughout the day, this performance is an original work that combines dance, music, art and research together. The performers will wear costumes made out of collected materials.
UpRooted Dance sees this premiere performance at GreenFest as a way to “show” others how consumption and waste can be very problematic. UpRooted Dance hopes to provoke new questions, new discussions, and interact with GreenFest attendants in meaningful discussions using dance and design as a means of education.
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Keira Hart-Mendoza, artistic director of UpRooted Dance, started the intensive dance-installation-research project by collecting her trash within the home. As a mother of two and a wife, Keira noticed that her family was creating A LOT of trash. The amount of consumption and waste seemed to be endless and after a few month of saving all non biodegradable trash items, Keira had mounds and mounds of raw materials which she began crafting into original sets and costumes. With the help of artist Margie Jervis, Keira has expanded the artistic merit and scope of these costumes pieces and many of the trash items could even stand alone as “trash sculptures.” The sets and costumes are not merely made from upcycled materials for the sake of design or art, but are also meant to demonstrate powerful images of consumption and waste. These ideas, images, and movements are ubiquitous today. A simple plastic water bottle for example can have so many varied meanings. The dancers have integrated plastic water bottles into the work in a number of ways to serve as function and metaphor.
As part of the project, each of the eight dancers has been keeping their own “trash journal” of sorts and collecting common items frequently used in their home or workplace. The dancers have educated themselves through a partnership DEP’s division of Solid Waste Services to learn more about recycling and the timelines and channels in which items are disposed of. The texts “Cradle to Cradle” and “The Upcycle” by William McDonough and Michael Braungart have been used as research material to understand how and why things are made they way they are made. Both texts call for a “new way of creating” so that items can have endless cycles of use.