Shaking Up the Climate Conversation, With Dance
An unusual scene played out under the American Museum of Natural History’s iconic blue whale on Wednesday. More than 30 dancers raced, pushed, and teetered on tiptoe in a dance that contemporary ballet choreographer Karole Armitage described as climate change “consciousness raising.” The dance, “On the Nature of Things,” was a collaboration between Armitage and biologist Paul Ehrlich. The aim of this cross-disciplinary experiment? To see if dance, art, and narrative can shift the conversation on climate change.
Paul Ehrlich is a professor of biology and population studies at Stanford University in Stanford, California.
Karole Armitage is artistic director of Armitage Gone! Dance in New York, New York.
Annie Minoff is a producer for The Journal from Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal, and a former co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.