Austin Dance India presents Sacred Earth Stories: A Virtual Production on Intersectional Environmentalism
According to Leah Thomas, founder of Intersectional Environmentalist, intersectional environmentalism is an "inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet. It identifies the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected."
Sacred Earth Stories is a virtual production connecting ancient earth mythologies with current global and social justice issues, including oppression, sustainability, and climate change.
In many ancient cultures and their mythologies, the earth is personified as a life-giving goddess. Sacred Earth Stories redefines these tales through current issues of deforestation, industrialization, pollution, and oppression of people. Further, it urges that a respectful alliance with people is necessary in order to protect Mother Earth and her resources. Traditional Bharata Natyam dance of India, spoken word commentary, traditional gestures, rhythm, and commissioned world music merge to create a stunning dancescape linking the past and present.
The production will be premiering online. Registrants will receive an email with the link to the production a few days before the event.
Austin Dance India is also taking donations to be given to the following two organizations:
- Outdoor Afro - a national non-profit that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature.
- Indigenous Environmental Network - an alliance of Indigenous peoples whose mission it is to protect the sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining and respecting Indigenous teachings and natural laws.