Environmental Tones is a contemporary dance theatre piece that explores the unconscious social disconnection from nature, focusing primarily on the impact of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. However, awareness of natural disasters and the impact they have had on individuals and the environment have been more prominent in the world recently. Some people are satisfied with sound bytes and angled media reporting, while others require a deeper reflection of understand the effects such events have on them cognitively and emotionally, even when they may have no direct connection to the communities and people most deeply affected by the tragic results of such disasters.



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I have been extremely fortunate to work with such brilliant collaborators who joined forces with me to create such a strong visual and moving journey.  Craig Bortmas’ evocative images aligned with my ideas of nature in the micro and macro sense of landscape.  Matt Slaybaugh layered the work with poignant text.  Carrie Cox transformed the potential of the space with light.  Eoin O’Brien added surreal elements through innovative set and aerial designs.  Shawn Hove went above and beyond to help us realize our technical vision.  Finally, I cannot thank the dancers enough. My ultimate collaborators, who dedicated their time and energy to help shape and inspire what you will experience today.

Environmental Tones

Director / Choreographer                      Kristina Isabelle

Visual / Graphic Design                         Craig Bortmas

Sound Designer                                         Michael Wall

Gowns                                                          Horst Couture

et jumpDramaturge                                                Matt Slaybaugh

Aerial & Set Design                                     Eoin O’Brien

Lighting Designer / Stage Manager    Carrie Cox

Video Production Director                     Shawn Hove

Sound Operator                                        Yolanda Royster

Additional Music                                John Adams and Loscil


Performers                                            Jeff Fouch, Kristina Isabelle, Jessica McKelvey,
Ricky Morant, Maggie Page, Zoe Rabinowitz, & Gabby Stefura

Premiered at Columbus Dance Theater June 20-22, 2008

Created with project support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council


Photos: Craig Bortmas http://www.bortmasphoto.com