Body of Water

A duet for the Luther College production of
A duet for the Luther College production of "Body of Water"

Conceived, choreographed, and directed by Jane Hawley
Center for the Arts: Jewel Theatre
March 5-7, 2015

Jodi Enos-Berlage, a Luther College biology professor who conducts water quality research, and Jane Hawley, a Luther College dance professor who utilizes dance as an art form to communicate ideas, developed the concept for this production through several teaching partnerships funded by the college since 2006.

The key features of the water molecule justify its distinction as the molecule of life. Water allows cells to form and all bodies to survive. Flowing water authorizes movement and existence. Every cellular body exists in an ecosystem that is dependent on water flow, from backyards to streams, rivers, the Mighty Mississippi, Gulf of Mexico, ocean, and earth. This performance reveals the sacredness of water in an intimate way, creating affection and reverence for this essential molecule of life. Current challenges surrounding water usage and quality will be examined, along with solutions that involve practices and people within the Dry Run Creek Watershed, Decorah, and the broader community. This production highlights how small actions by individuals accumulate into a powerful force, producing an outcome that benefits all.

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