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Public Talk

Digging into Ecology and Dance

with choreographer Richard Move and ecologist Bala Chaudhary
August 24, 2023

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Digging into Ecology and Dance with choreographer Richard Move and ecologist Bala Chaudhary

23/24 Public Talk

Get a sneak peek of Move's outdoor dance work developed specifically for Dartmouth and inspired by nature and the college's land. 

On a private tour around Dartmouth's former golf course, dancers will offer excerpts of their work-in-progress, Herstory of the Universe@Dartmouth and ecologist Bala Chaudhary will offer insights into soil ecology, microbial movement, and restoration and rewilding—all concepts that inform the piece as science and arts intertwine like the symbiotic organisms that inspire the work.

Photo: Gabrielle Wills & Natasha Diamond Walker in Demolition Angels by Slobodan Randjelović

Richard Move, Ph.D. M.F.A., is a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow, NYPL Dance Research Fellow, TED Global Oxford Fellow, Artistic Director of MoveOpolis! and Assistant Arts Professor at New York University. Move's choreographic commissions include productions for Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project and two works for the Martha Graham Dance Company, in addition to numerous site-specific works created for the European Capital of Culture (France), Guggenheim Museum (New York), Parrish Art Museum, Cannes Film Festival, LMCC Sitelines Festival, and the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore, among others. In 2019, Move presented Martha@Terminal Barão Geraldo, in a bus station in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Learn more: 

Bala Chaudhary, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College. She is a National Science Foundation CAREER Awardee and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Continent Scale Biology. Research in her lab focuses on three areas: plant-fungal symbioses (mycorrhizas), continent-scale ecology (macroecology) and microbial dispersal (movement). She uses trait-based approaches to develop predictive frameworks for mycorrhizal dispersal, community assembly and biogeography, and employs complementary approaches of macroecological field work, controlled lab experiments and data synthesis to study multi-scale questions in ecology. Her work spans dozens of ecosystem types and has applications in global change solutions including climate mitigation and adaptation, soil conservation, ecosystem restoration and sustainable agriculture. Prior to academia, Chaudhary worked as an environmental consultant in Los Angeles designing and restoring drastically disturbed urban areas to create habitat for endangered species. She received the Early Career Motivator Award by the Association for Women in Science and the Woman of Spirit and Action Award for her work on promoting antiracism in STEM.

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