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Executive Summary

This photographic series, soon to be created by Ballo Conservatio, will investigate the relationship that humans have with environmental resources and the resulting outcomes of our daily decisions when considering sustainability. Joseph Blake, a UW Dance Program MFA Candidate, and photographer Steve Korn’s collaboration anticipate the design of eight, poster-sized works (although they will be framed objets d’art) involving dancers from the University of Washington’s Dance Program interacting with elements such as oil, water, plastic, paper, and addressing ideas such as erosion and excessive refuse. The combination of dance, photography and digital editing will offer an evocative reminder for us to be vigilant about the University's carbon footprint.

Dance celebrates the raw and natural form of the body, just as sustainability ideals honor the natural resources of our planet. The confluence of the dancing human body and earth's inherent gifts creates a powerful tribute to nature.

The premier of the series will open in Meany Theatre’s gallery space at the beginning of the World Concert Series 2016-2017 academic year and continue hanging until December 15th. There will be a temporary move the week of October 26th for the work’s showing at the University of Washington’s Sustainability Festival.

Jo and Steve are beyond excited to include their voice and creativity in this effort to spread the word about sustainability, human concern and university awareness through their mediums of work.

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Joseph Blake