UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: The Dance Department of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts will perform Under the Whale by choreographer James Martin on April 27 and 28 at the Tony Bennett Theater in the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts located in Astoria Queens, NY. Admission is free. Directions and further information are available at franksinatraschoolofthearts.org or by phone at (718) 361-9920.
Under the Whale, by choreographer James Martin, is a vehicle for young dancers to have a voice in the conversation about climate change. It highlights their anger and frustration as they see the adult world fecklessly denying climate change and compounding social injustice. The piece is performed by twenty-nine dancers of the Sophomore class to a sound score comprising text by James Martin and excerpts from Herman Melville's Moby Dick. The choreography embraces multi dance forms as its social justice and climate change message swells our youth movement's raised voices for gun control (Never Again). Mr. Martin is also making an essay/documentary film about the process of creating Under the Whale, and the difficulties inherent in political art.
Performances are April 27 and 28 at The Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts.