Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dance Film Sets Out to Claim Rosemont

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Rosemont Mine? No, actually, according to local activists, it's Rosemont Ours.

You probably heard about it during election season. A Canadian mining company is looking to build a 14,000 acre open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita mountains southeast of Tucson.

Rosemont Ours is a collaboration between NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre and artist/filmmaker Ben Johnson. The group is trying to draw attention to the wildlife that would be impacted by the mine thorough a 10-15 minute dance film.

In the Kickstarter video, dancers are seen holding themselves up in trees to mimic cuckoos and crouching in a shallow pond to portray leapfrogs.

"Here, the human body is window through which we are raising awareness about a rage of species, many of which are federally recognized as threatened or endangered," Johnson says in the video.

The film will be shot on location, where the mine is proposed to be constructed.

They're working to fund the film through a Kickstarter Campaign.

Perks for pledging include tickets to a screening of the film, a signed Rosemont Ours poster and a DVD of the film. For $1,000 donors can receive a guided nature walk and on-site performance by project dancers. There are 15 days left on the campaign and the group is just under $2,000 shy of their goal.

For a more in-depth look into what to expect from the finished film, check out the film below. It was uploaded when the campaign reached its halfway point and features two dancers nestled in fabric and hanging from the celling to represent lesser long-nosed bats:

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