The Gray Whale Migration
photo © Andy Kuno for the New York Times
A Nanigational Project by Jennifer Monson
BIRD BRAIN is a multi-year navigational dance project that investigates migratory patterns and habits of birds and other animals, as well as their biophysical and metaphorical relationships to humans as fellow travelers in the world. Directed by choreographer Jennifer Monson, BIRD BRAIN includes four inter-related components - free site specific out door performances, navigational dance workshops for students and the general public, panel discussions on issues of migration, navigation and conservation, and a web site - which link the worlds of science/conservation and dance/art. BIRD BRAIN aims to have significant impact on each site we visit, bringing into relief the importance of sustaining and preserving habitat for migratory species, and deepening our dynamic relationship with nature through the kinetic medium of dance. By literally following the migratory routes of animals, BIRD BRAIN weaves together a community across continents, ecosystems and cultures.
Participants in parks, urban streets, nature sanctuaries, and arts centers experience live performance inspired by the physical spaces of each location, informed by scientific data about bird migration, and shaped by the artists’ investigation of navigation. BIRD BRAIN makes experimental dance accessible to people not otherwise likely to come into contact with it and uses dance to invigorate grass-roots conservation efforts.
The Gray Whale Migration is the first tour which follows the Gray Whales on their jurney north
DANCERS: Astrud Angarita, Alejandra Martorell, Ermira Goro
VIDEOGRAPHER: Ben Speth
WEB ESIGNER: Elizabeth Monoian, Web Designer