Green danc­ing ma­chine

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Chore­og­ra­pher and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Jen­nifer Mon­son lec­tures on Thurs­day, Oct. 28, at the Santa Fe Art In­sti­tute as part of its 2010 se­ries El­e­men­tal: Earth, Air, Fire, and Wa­ter. The se­ries, which be­gan on Jan. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, ush­ered in the SFAI’s 25th year and fo­cuses on en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness — specif­i­cally, how art can be used to ad­dress en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.

In 2004, Mon­son — whose hon­ors in­clude a Guggen­heim Fel­low­ship, two New York Dance and Per­for­mance (Bessie) Awards, and the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts Chore­og­ra­pher’s Fel­low­ship — founded iLAND (In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary Lab­o­ra­tory for Art, Na­ture, and Dance), a re­search or­ga­ni­za­tion that ex­plores dance in re­la­tion to other fields. With a fo­cus on ur­ban liv­ing, iLAND is ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and en­cour­ag­ing cross-dis­ci­plinary re­search among artists, sci­en­tists, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, and ur­ban de­sign­ers. Her in­no­va­tive com­po­si­tions, in­clud­ing Ursa’s Door (1990), La Mer (1995), The Pi­geon Project (2000), BIRD BRAIN (2000–08), and The Ma­homet Aquifer Project (2009), have been per­formed around the world. She has taught in New York City and is on the dance fac­ulty of the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois at Ur­bana-Cham­paign.

The SFAI event be­gins at 6 p.m. at Tip­ton Hall on the cam­pus of Santa Fe Uni­ver­sity of Art and De­sign (for­merly the Col­lege of Santa Fe), 1600 St. Michael’s Drive. Ad­mis­sion is $10 ($5 for stu­dents and se­niors). For in­for­ma­tion, call 424-5050 or visit

Jen­nifer Mon­son’s Ma­homet Aquifer Project, 2009

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