Green dancing machine
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 www.sfai.org.
Jennifer Monson’s Mahomet Aquifer Project, 2009