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WATCH VIDEO: Live performance from U.S. Premiere at UCLA, October 15, 2011.

Performance and purpose collide in this fourteen city U.S. tour.

After three years of research, consultation with village chiefs, island councils, government officials, and the climate scientists, the first delegation of performers from Kiribati, Tokelau and Tuvalu will come to the United States.  Presented in the most distinguished universities and theaters in the country, Water is Rising will present the most exciting music and dance traditions of the Pacific while at the same time illuminating the plight of Pacific Islanders.

Scientists report that the vulnerable coral atolls of Kiribati, Tokelau, and Tuvalu are already experiencing rising sea levels as a result of global warming and climate change. Thirty-six dancers and musicians express their deep connection to nature and their ancestral past through multi-part harmonies, poetry, and gracious movement cascading over dynamic rhythms. They come to inspire us all to be better stewards of our shared planet.

These pages provide cultural and historical context for the islands nations participating in Water is Rising. The scientific information will make real the circumstances that we all share in this age of climate change. Water is Rising harnesses the power of performance in an impassioned plea for global awareness and social change.

No matter how careful you are in preparing the pit, taro and pulaka will not grow if water is too salty
Vaitupu teacher makes bread at home on Saturday.
In my lifetime I may be forced to leave my island home.

Photo Description:

Fishing governs the rhythm of atoll life with men and boys heading out every day in their small boats to spend long hours on the open sea.

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