Hardly a week goes by without seeing news about the alarming pace and extent of climate change, from rising sea levels to record-setting temperatures in the Bay Area and beyond.
But lost among this torrent of data, policy measures and updated climate models is a different side of climate change -- one which Bay Area choreographer KT Nelson wants people to see, and more importantly, feel.
“Perhaps one of the things we need today is to address climate change from a more emotional point of view,” says Nelson, who co-directs ODC, a San Francisco dance company founded in 1971.
Inspired by a sabbatical she took to Death Valley in 2013, Nelson created Dead Reckoning, a production that explores the anxiety, indifference and panic brought on by a world transformed and threatened by climate change.
“In Dead Reckoning, there is this lime-green snow, or confetti, that first starts coming from the dancer’s hands, and eventually it comes from the sky,” Nelson says. “Nothing in nature is like that.”