Global Water Dances is a bold visionary artistic initiative first launched in June 2011 and focused on the critical need for safe drinking water. Already today, there are an estimated 5 million deaths per year globally from polluted water. By 2025, over half the world’s population will be facing water-related problems.

The initiators of Global Water Dances are an international network of dance and non-verbal communication experts. In working with local choreographers around the world, we draw on Rudolf Laban and Irmgard Bartenieff’s practices with human movement to mirror the universe’s dynamic patterns. Using Laban’s technique of Movement Choirs, the choreographers create dances which will not only move the participants but also the observers.

Global Water Dances brings needed attention to water issues around our planet. Dance is a powerful way of increasing awareness in the global community. Close to 1,000 surveys from our 2013 performance were gathered from four continents and tabulated by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Survey Research. The surveys showed that 75% of the respondents reported that the performance increased their interest in water issues and 78% answered positively that the dance event inspired them to take action regarding water issues.

Global Water Dances (GWD) became a part of LIMS Arts & Culture programming in 2016. Its fusion of dance, culture, media, and online advocacy adds to the Arts & Culture scope the important aspect of communities’ social engagement through the arts.

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