THE ART: "The Flood"
THE ISSUE: Raised water levels due to global warming.

"The Flood" (2007)
Choreographed by Monica Favand Campagna in collaboration with Denesa Chan, Andriana Mitchell, Taryn Wayne & Tomas Tamayo
Composer / Live Performance: Charlie Campagna
Costume Designer: Monica Campagna
Performers Above: Denesa Chan, Andriana Mitchell, Taryn Wayne & Tomas Tamayo
Taped: April 2007- Unknown Theater, Los Angeles by Carol Gehring

"The Flood" premiered in 2007 as part of TRIP Dance Theatre's evening length work, "Poisoning the Well". This particular work came to me as a vision while sitting in the theatre one day. I saw light from the side of the stage, and dancers moving, like a raging and persistant wave, across the stage.

This image, of nature in all her mightiness and the complete powerlessness of humans to resist her most intense forces, was seered into my brain after watching hours of footage of the horrible tsunami that struck across the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004.

An earthquake jolted the ocean floor off the coast of Sumatra. The quake, registering 9.0 on the Richter scale, was the fourth strongest earthquake recorded in the world since 1900. The result was a tsunami that devestated coastal areas in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. The effects were felt as far away as the east cost of Africa. Approximately 217,000 died in this catastrophie.

I am sure that if we destroy our ability to live on this planet, and humans die off - the planet will eventually recover. We humans, however, can not live without the planet. We must learn to respect mother earth, to take care of mother earth and to realize that we are all absolutely connected to mother earth. What we do to the earth, we also do to ourselves. - Monica Campagna

"If small glaciers and polar ice caps on the margins of Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula melt, the projected rise in sea level will be around 0.5 m. Melting of the Greenland ice sheet would produce 7.2 m of sea level rise, and melting of the Antarctic ice sheet would produce 61.1 m of sea level rise. The collapse of the grounded interior reservoir of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet would raise sea level by 5-6 m...Statistical data on the human impact of sea level rise is scarce. A study in the April, 2007 issue of Environment and Urbanization reports that 634 million people live in coastal areas within 30 feet of sea level. The study also reported that about two thirds of the world's cities with over five million people are located in these low-lying coastal areas." - quoting "Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis." and

>LEARN about global warming, the melting of the polar ice caps and it's effect on animals and people around the planet HERE.

- Learn what you can do to stop global warming HERE

TRIP Dance Theatre site (c) 2007 - Design/Artwork: Monica Favand Campagna - e: - Background incorporates photo by Ron Bartlett of Denesa Chan.