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The Dance of Life (FringeNYC)

Members say: Enchanting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Delightful, Ambitious
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Members
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Part of FringeNYC: Journey with a young girl who discovers the most delicate and daring dancers on Earth: the monarch butterflies. A magical story told through movement, music, puppets and bilingual poetry. Will her discovery come in time to save them...and us?

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Categories: Dance / Physical Theatre, FringeHIGH, Multi-Media, Local. From Moving for Monarchs in Association with EarthArt Studios. Written by Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch. Directed by Jo Vetter.

FROM THE ARTIST:
"Journey with a young girl who discovers the most delicate and daring dancers on Earth: the monarch butterflies. A magical story told through movement, music, puppets and bilingual poetry. Will her discovery come in time to save them...and us?"

THE DANCE OF LIFE is an exploration of one of the most delicate and daring dancers on planet Earth: the monarch butterfly, which, side by side with bees and other pollinators, moves from flower to flower in the essential choreographies of pollination…choreographies that sustain life as we know it.

Using the monarch butterfly as a potent ambassador, the production imaginatively asks the audience to consider what would happen (personally and collectively) if the butterflies disappeared.

Unique among all pollinators, the monarch butterfly has "the most amazing migratory phenomenon in nature,” according to National Geographic. But now, that 2,000-mile migration and the butterflies themselves are being destroyed due to practices such as industrial agriculture, chemical application to lawns and gardens, mining, and illegal logging. THE DANCE OF LIFE asks the question: How do you count the cost of losing an entire species (or multiple species) due to human activity? What is a world without beauty? What is a world without butterflies?

 

Reviews (17)

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Theatre is Easy

"A dual sense of doom and joy fills 'The Dance of Life'...It requires a quiet patience...Thematically the show is quite poignant...Framing the cause as a continental phenomenon, rather than based in a particular nation-state, serves as a powerful reminder that we collectively share the world and the responsibility to protect it. The essential and unwavering harmony of biodiversity, communicated through the powerful grace of this cast of dancers, is 'The Dance of Life.'" Full Review

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100
Ambitious, Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see

See it if You appreciate romantic, beautiful, masterfully executed dance addressing a somber relevant theme

Don't see it if You believe man's buildings are more important than nature and you do not enjoy modern dance

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Absorbing, Enchanting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great dancing

See it if you are a butterfly and dance lover of any age and you care about the future of our planet.

Don't see it if if you'd rather eat a butterfly than watch them fly

100
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you want to learn about environment issues through beautiful dancing and acting

Don't see it if just go support young companies. Do it.

75
Original, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You appreciate beautiful dancing and a short, but sweet, message about conservation.

Don't see it if You prefer clear narratives over poetic symbolism.

96
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if because it is so clever and makes your mind work

Don't see it if you dont like to serious and complex stories.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy lovely dance with honest and heartfelt environmental message. Great for adults and children of all ages. Took my 4 year old.

Don't see it if You are too cynical, intellectual or critical to appreciate a warm show with a simple but beautifully performed message. It's a heart piece.

45
Ambitious, Indulgent, Banal, Cliched, Great dancing

See it if You're interested in agitprop and self-indulgence.

Don't see it if You're looking for a politically motivated piece with nuance.

85
Original, Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Resonant

See it if you want to see a beautiful show with stunning choreography.

Don't see it if you're feeling cynical.

98
Original, Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy wonderful dancing, you love butterflies (who doesn't?), you value Earth's natural environment, you like new stories, you have kids

Don't see it if You are looking for edgy or raunchy plays, you don't enjoy dance.

90
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging

See it if Beautiful choreography by Gwynnedd Vetter-Drusch and exquisite ballet dancing by the entire cast. Compelling environmental theme.

Don't see it if If you are not fond of butterflies or of a strongly dance-oriented piece this is not for you.

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Original, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want an enlighted experiance, to be apart of a moving performance.

Don't see it if Do not enjoy choreographed movement/dance or an engaging story with a strong message.

85
Absorbing, Enchanting, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in a beautiful, romantic, heartfelt piece of art that deals with an often overlooked ecological issue. It's wonderful!

Don't see it if You have a deep fear of butterflies? You hate dance? You have no soul?

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Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if You love poetry and dance and are ready to be carried away by a beautiful show with an important message.

Don't see it if You're Ebenezer Scrooge pre-ghostly visitation, or you hate joy or earth or butterflies or something.

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you're a fan of art that has purpose beyond just story telling and the human experience, although it elegantly expresses those, too.

Don't see it if You're looking for something edgy or controversial.

95
Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Relevant

See it if You love stunning choreography that reaches beyond itself to raise consciousness for the environmental impact of our self indulgent ways

Don't see it if you are cynical heartless soul with no cares for the earth our children and grandchildren will inherit.

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Beautifully choreographed

See it if You enjoy meaningful dance that is passionately linked to an urgent environmental issue

Don't see it if Not for someone expecting light entertainment