Harlem’s Youth Take The Stage In NDI’s Powerful “Earth’s Song”

June 19, 2024

The buzz was palpable as the Harlem-based National Dance Institute (NDI) unveiled its highly anticipated 2024 Event of the Year, “Earth’s Song,” which took center stage at NYU Skirball.

The event took place on June 15th to June 18th, 2024.

This extraordinary production was a captivating celebration of our planet’s natural wonders and a powerful call to action against the looming threat of climate change.

Over 150 talented young performers from New York City schools transported audiences on a dynamic journey through the globe’s fragile, resilient, and threatened ecosystems. From the majestic depths of oceans to the sprawling canopies of forests, the performances illuminated the interconnectedness of all living beings while confronting the harsh realities of pollution, deforestation, and wildfires.”

Through the universal languages of dance and music, we aimed to foster a deeper appreciation for our planet and inspire collective action towards a sustainable future grounded in compassion and innovation,” says Kay Gayner, NDI’s Artistic Director.

Under the visionary direction of Mary Kennedy, Senior NDI Teaching Artist and choreographer extraordinaire, “Earth’s Song” promised to deliver a poignant and visually stunning experience. The production featured a diverse array of choreographic works crafted by NDI’s esteemed team of artists.

Highlights included a compelling new piece by Tiffany Rea-Fisher, NDI’s 2024 Helen Stambler Neuberger Artist-in-Residence, and a powerful work featured dancers from the NDI DREAM Project, performances by artists with and without disabilities.”

By empowering young performers to express themselves creatively while they addressed pressing global issues, NDI hoped to inspire collective kinship and stewardship for our planet,” Kennedy affirms.

As the curtain rises on “Earth’s Song,” NDI invited the Harlem community and beyond to bear witness to the transformative power of the arts and join the call to protect our shared home, one captivating performance at a time.

Photo credit: 1-3) HDI by Eduardo Patino.

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