Kimi Eisele, co-director of New Articulations Dance Theatre, is leading a collaborative dance project that looks to interpret the flora and fauna of the Santa Rita Mountains and surrounding water shed - areas near the proposed Rosemont Mine.
She said her goal as the choreographer of a project called Rosemont Ours was to help the dancers find ways to mimic the movements found in nature.
“I started thinking about what happens if we put our own bodies into the habitat of some of these species,” Eisele said. “As dancers we have a lot of facility with the body and yet becoming another species is a totally different ballgame.”
Ben Johnson, a filmmaker collaborating on the Rosemont Ours project, said his work has often focused on the delicate patterns found in nature. This film, he said, is a natural progression of his work depicting landscapes and wildlife.
“(Rosemont Ours) has come out of a desire to connect viewers with the species that reside in and rely on this particular ecosystem,” Johnson said. “This project is exploring how the human world dances within the natural world and vice-verse.”
Eisele said she hopes by moving the Rosemont Ours performance off the stage and into the natural environment, Johnson's film will convey the unique characteristics of each species.
"These movement studies are small and intimate," Eisele said. "It's really about noticing the subtle movements of these creatures."