Bringing together her two passions, Analeigh Sanderson, a junior majoring in the Department of Modern Dance and minoring in Environmental Studies, choreographed a dance exhibition performance that she hopes will transform how people feel about a proposed nuclear power plant on the Green River.
As part of an assistantship with Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Sanderson has studied the environmental impact of the proposed plant and used the controversy surrounding the project to inspire her choreography. “Dance is a great venue for inspiring change, to make things resonate and for people to connect and care,” Sanderson said.
The performance includes six dancers, each with training from the Department of Modern Dance: Claire Cox, Tori Duhaime, Caroline Eskew, Luciana Johnson, Joaquin Galvan and Stanton Rodriguez. Titled “Advocating Nature Through Dance,” the performance is scheduled four times on Saturday, April 26 at the Natural History Museum of Utah in the Sky Gallery between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
By providing an experience with the environmental controversy through dance movement, “Advocating Nature Through Dance” and Sanderson’s choreography aims to resonate with everybody in the community. “The project is about realizing the natural environment is connected to who we are. We are not apart from it. We are connected to it,” she said.
The views expressed in “Advocating Nature Through Dance” do not necessarily reflect those of the Natural History Museum of Utah. Sanderson wishes to extend her thanks to Paulmichael Maxfield for allowing the space’s use for the performance.