Humankind - A Sacred Dance Performance
Date: December 3, 2021-
Location: On Line from New York City
Humankind, a 45-minute dance performance piece focused on our treatment of refugees and immigrants; is a response to the world crisis of more than 70 million refugees and displaced people. This piece is the creation of Marilyn Green of New York City, Artistic Director of the Trinity Movement Choir, in collaboration with the Sacred Dance Guild with Wendy Morrell, Ottawa, Canada and Debbie Donaldson, Gananoque, Canada. The music was created by Debbie Danbrook.
This on line performance is free and open to all… Register HERE!
A projected banner over the performance quotes Leviticus 19: 33-34 “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
At the center of the piece is a red cloth 30 feet in diameter with five “holes” where dancers put their heads representing the human community and where they are reminded that no one can move without having an affect on everyone else . The piece begins with four “gatekeepers” bringing in and reverently rolling out the cloth symbolizing the chosen community. There are a number of people outside of the established community who try to become part of it; they are accepted or rejected by Gatekeepers. The gatekeepers initially allow FIVE individuals in who become the chosen community. They only see each other and the gatekeepers keep others out. At a moment in the piece those inside begin to see the others trying to gain entry and they start to “open” the community. The relationship among the group in the cloth, the Gatekeepers and the outside dancers then transforms dramatically both individually and collectively. In the end those in the cloth embrace others outside to take their place. The dance between the people in the cloth, the Gatekeepers and those outside become ONE interconnected and interdependent community.
The piece was premiered at the Parliament of the World’s Religions virtual conference October 16-18, 2021. The piece was created both live (at Bells Corners United Church with Ottawa based dancers) and online with dancers from all over where it was recorded over a number of sessions and then edited into one 45 minute performance piece.