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Extreme theatre: Water Ways

David Beach  |  01/13/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Clean water

Great Lakes residents who wish that water would become a more significant part of our culture should check out the premier of Water Ways at Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT), January 24 – February 4.

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The multi-modal, experimental play will be a mix of installations, short films, dances, musical compositions and theatrical scenes that ask: Who owns the water, and how shall it be protected, managed, and divided among us? It focuses on our deep human connection to water and our local proximity to and reliance upon a Great Lake.

According to CPT, “Water plays such a critical role in our lives, but we often take it for granted. In Northeast Ohio, we often believe that we have an abundance of water that is virtually unlimited. As the world changes and demand for fresh water increases, our consciousness must also change—from feelings of abundance to acting with care and thoughtfulness. This change must underpin our personal actions and our collective choices as we govern the use of this most precious resource. But cultural change cannot be legislated, and traditional marketing has had limited success in shaping public opinion and action. Water Ways seeks to add to this shift through re-awakening memories of our personal relationship with water and restoring an inborn reverence for the elements that surround us. "

CPT developed Water Ways with students and faculty from Oberlin College and Conservatory. It’s the first of five-part series, The Elements Cycle, being created by CPT to test our preconceived relationships with the environment and promote deep thinking about our place in the world. The Cycle will feature five original productions produced over three seasons, one on each of the elements and a culminating show that brings them all together with the fifth element: people. The second part, Earth Plays, will open in February 2013.

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