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    Sacred Earth Stories is a virtual production on intersectional environmentalism, connecting ancient earth mythologies with current issues.

    According to Leah Thomas, founder of Intersectional Environmentalist, intersectional environmentalism is an "inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet. It identifies the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected." Sacred Earth Stories is a virtual production connecting ancient earth mythologies with current global and social justice issues, including oppression, sustainability, and climate change.

    In many ancient cultures and their mythologies, the earth is personified as a life-giving goddess. Sacred Earth Stories redefines these tales through current issues of deforestation, industrialization, pollution, and oppression of people. Further, it urges that a respectful alliance with people is necessary in order to protect Mother Earth and her resources. Traditional Bharata Natyam dance of India, spoken word commentary, traditional gestures, rhythm, and commissioned world music merge to create a stunning dancescape linking the past and present.

    Accompanying original choreography led by Artistic Director, Anuradha Naimpally, is an original music score played by some of the finest musicians in Central Texas including Ashwini Gore-Deshpande on vocals, Mukund Gore on harmonium, Amie Maciszewski on sitar, Jason McKenzie on tabla/kanjira/doumbek, Surabi Veeraragavan on nattuvangam, Jacco Velarde on pan flute, and Srivi Balaji on mridangam. This creates a beautiful soundscape for the visually stunning dance by the Austin Dance India ensemble including Anuradha Naimpally, Soumya N. Ashok, Purna Esha Bajekal, Sreenidhi Tupuri, and Sanjana Aluru. Spoken word commentary by Carla Nade Nickerson.

    This production FREE and will be premiering online. Please register so you can receive the link to the performance. We are also taking donations of which100% will be given to the following two organizations:

    1. Outdoor Afro - a national non-profit that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. https://outdoorafro.com/

    2. Indigenous Environmental Network - an alliance of Indigenous peoples whose mission it is to protect the sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining and respecting Indigenous teachings and natural laws. https://www.ienearth.org/

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    This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Austin Creative Alliance.

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