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Water Is Rising - Friday, November 4th, 2011

Water Is Rising

Friday, November 4, 2011 8:00 pm - Kay Theatre

Artists from the Pacific Atolls of Kiribati, Tokelau, and Tuvalu present a program entitled Water Is Rising that asks the question "what if your home and all its memories disappeared forever?" The people of the Micronesian atolls that rise only three to five feet above sea level may become permanent refugees, cut off from everything they have known, as the ocean rises and swallows their homelands due to climate change.

An ensemble of musicians, dancers and storytellers from the island nations of Kiribati, Tokelau, and Tuvalu share their cultural riches and affirm their love of village, community, family, church, the ocean and the lagoon. With joyful music and dance, illuminated by images from their homes, they express their hope for a future in the place they love. Visit the Water Is Rising homepage for more information on the performance and the countries represented and issues related to climate change, and learn more about this global issue, its effect of the Micronesian Atolls, and the music and dance of Kiribati, Tokelau, and Tuvalu in the UM Libraries:

  Film: learn more about the global climate change crisis

  Articles: rising waters and the future of the Micronesian Atolls

  Music and dance in Micronesia

  Video: Water Is Rising USA Fall 2011 Tour (courtesy of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center)

  Video: Time and Tide, a 2006 documentary on Tuvalu (courtesy of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center)