Spring Performance: Environmental Awareness Movement  Project

  • Susan And Giles of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater, Sean Donelly, the FDNSC Music Teacher and Chris Corral the Art Teacher at FDNSC collaborated along with the K-5 students and teachers in the creation of this moving “edutainment” piece.  Under the direction of Susan and Giles the art class created costumes from paper mâché and recycled paperboard boxes. Sean produced the score for the student’s dance which included sound effects from the his mobile audio lab. 
  •  In the beginning the earth is pristine and beautiful.  1st Grade’s dance represents this. They are caterpillars that transform into butterflies that dance with flowers.        
  • Fast forward.  Industry, progress and a desire to make things easy and convenient has led to a society of single serving plastic products that pollute our world. The 5th grade play the “trash people” and “recyclers.”  The unfortunate truth is we just don’t have enough recyclers to keep up with the trash people.           
  • After the trashing the rains come.  The 4th Graders do the dance of the rain.  The rain collects in the garbage which creates the perfect place for the mosquitoes to lay their eggs and reproduce.  The Kindergarten play the mosquitoes. The “Mosquito dance” shows the way people deal with mosquitoes as the 4th Graders come through doing the “Mosquito Exterminator Pesticide” dance.   This gets rid of many of the mosquitoes but not all, one Mutant pesticide resistant mosquito survives and creates a whole new set of pesticide resistant mosquitoes.                   
  • There are other Consequences for spraying these pesticides that helped create pesticide resistant mosquitoes.   The “Frogs and Bats dance” performed by the 2nd Grade show the frogs and bats that eat mosquitoes get sick which means less predators that eat mosquitoes and then we have to spray again.                  
  • 3rd Grade play the part of the birds and lizards. In their “Bird and Lizard Dance” we see the consequences for these animals as they are also exposed to pesticides. Though some of these animals don’t eat mosquitoes due to their predators being killed or made sick the extra mosquitoes lead to more pesticide spraying. Some birds and lizards die caused by pollution.                  
  • In the final scene we see the “Trash People” as they realize the folly of their ways.  They enter a metamorphic transition and rip away their trash bags and become accountable for their polluting lifestyles.  They clean up their world and do a dance of responsibility through recycling.                     
  • The K-5th grades did a great job in this fun outdoor traveling project that happened on the Francine Delany New School for Children campus.  We are so proud of how hard they all worked from creating their costumes to especially learning their dances.  Many thanks to Susan and Giles Collard  of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater for directing such a beautiful show and giving so much time to FDNSC. Also much thanks to Sean Donelly for composing the music and doing the sound effects. And finally to the FD assistants who come to every Specialists class and help the students to remember what they’ve learned from week to week. Thanks to all the families and teachers that helped in gathering our recyclables to help with the production of the show.             

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