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Letter To Congress: a wild sanity


  • Sustainable Settings 107 CO-133 Carbondale, CO 81623 (map)

6:15pm Gates Open | 6:30pm Live Music Set by Raccoon Fight | 7pm Dance Performance

Dance Initiative presents Letter To Congress: a wild sanity, an outdoor dance performance, choreographed and performed by Deborah Colley with dancers of CoMotion: a conscious movement project and live music accompaniment by local Indie Folk band Raccoon Fight. This performance is inspired by Wallace Stegner’s famous Wilderness Letter written in 1960 to Congress, which supported the preservation of wilderness not just for ecological purposes, but for the sake of human sanity, and spirit. In his words “We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope”. With this performance, Deborah and her collaborators have created a similar letter, but instead of relying on words, they are utilizing the power of the performance arts to communicate things that can not always be said and felt with words. It will be danced, spoken, and sung at the foothills of the renowned Maroon Bells Wilderness Area.

Letter To Congress: a WILD sanity is part of a greater film project that has captured the performance in some of the most inspiring public lands found in the Rocky Mountains. And since many lawmakers do not have time to get outside, we are bringing that experience to them through film.

Please note that this performance travels from outdoor site to outdoor site (within 50 to 100 yards on uneven ground). Please wear proper outdoor shoes and bring a folding camp chair. Gates open at 6:15p.m., live music begins at 6:30p.m., and the dance performance commences at 7:00p.m. Carpooling and biking are strongly encouraged as parking is limited to 30 cars only (first come first serve only). Tickets are $15 and available at the Site.(Online sales are closed) For more information please contact danceinitiative@gmail.com or call (970) 963-8681 with questions.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the Site. (On line sales are closed)