Street-tree Stewardance explored and built a collaborative language and process between dance and street-tree stewardship. The collaborators activated the heightened inner awareness and emotional vigor of dance with the material groundedness of ecological stewardship as an embodied sustainability strategy. This was their mode of operation as they undertook stewardship tasks: learning the ecological systems of the urban forest, gathering scientific data, physically laboring at stewardship, dialoguing with passersby, and coordinating team members. The experiments occurred wherever the task did—on the street, in the classroom, and in each sensate body.
Jackie Dodd is a Brooklyn-based emerging choreographer and dancer whose work ranges from concert dance, musical theatre, site-specific performance, physical therapy research (on contact improvisation with Parkinson’s Disease patients), to community work with ex-convicts, senior citizens, and disadvantaged youth.