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Fables on Global Warming

Armitage Gone! Dance

Saturday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Fables on Global Warming is a "performance art musical" that tackles sustainability issues using traditional animal fables from China, Europe, India and Africa. Eight dancers and three musicians entwine dance, song, science, imagery and puppetry to form a piece that explores the connections between humans and animals, culture and nature, and science and art. Fables works on several levels and will entertain children, as well as new and experienced dance audiences.

The presentation of Fables on Global Warming was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Karole Armitage

Known as the "punk ballerina," Armitage began her career in Switzerland and has been resident in the United States, France and Italy. She started dancing in Lawrence under the direction of Tomi Wortham at the Lawrence Dance Studio before studying with Ballet West and the School of American Ballet in New York City and London. She has choreographed for the Broadway musicals Passing Strange and Hair. She earned a Tony nomination for music videos for Madonna and Michael Jackson. Armitage worked with director/designer Doug Fitch and composer/singer-songwriter Corey Dargel to create Fables on Global Warming. Armitage recently received an honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts from KU for her notable contributions to dance and choreography.

Armitage Gone! Dance

Over the past 30 years, Karole Armitage and her dancers have shaped the evolution of contemporary dance through the creation and performance of new works. The most recent incarnation of the company, Armitage Gone! Dance, was launched in 2004 when Armitage returned to the U.S. after 15 years of working abroad. Dedicated to redefining the boundaries and perception of contemporary dance, the company extends the mandate of innovation that characterizes both her earlier Armitage Ballet, founded in 1985, and her first full-time company, Armitage Gone!, founded in 1979.

Fables Explored in Fables on Global Warming

La Fontaine
Traditional American Indian
Chuang Tzu