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Hazon Detroit’s Program Intertwines Art, Clothing and Dance to Talk About Tu b’Shevat, Climate Change

Hazon Detroit’s Program Intertwines Art, Clothing and Dance to Talk About Tu b’Shevat, Climate Change

This costume represents air.

This costume represents air.
This costume is air. (Hazon)

Hazon says this is a big change from what it usually does. Instead of using art and culture to show how climate change can affect trees, Hazon now uses arts and cultures to show that they may not be capable of growing.

For Tu b’Shevat, Hazon Detroit will be presenting a program entitled, “Elements of Life: Moving Together with Nature, Artistically Experiencing the Beauty of Tu b’Shevat,” an interactive, sensory-rich theater experience showcasing the elements that foster the life and growth of a tree. 

The program will be held at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts on January 16, from 6-9 p.m. Six viewings are available in total, with specific viewings occurring every half-hour. 

The JCC Charach gallery exhibit, “Environmentally Speaking,” begins on the same day. “Environmentally Speaking” is bringing together 15 artists from all over the country who will offer their interpretation of how they see the climate crisis. The exhibition will continue until March 3.look for a story about it in next week’s JN). 

Hazon Detroit Director Wren Hack says the two programs are completely separate, though “Environmentally Speaking” spurred Hazon to create its own program.

“When they told us what they were doing and we had a meeting with one of the curators of the exhibit, it was like, wow, we could do something that complements what they’re doing that’s Tu b’Shevat-based,” Hack said. 

Hazon Detroit had Laura Earle, an artist, take the four elements (earth, wind, fire, water) and create interactive sculptures to represent each. 

Hazon Detroit also had an all-natural fabric designer create one-of-a kind designs based on the elements. Each element has its own design that will be worn by a dancer and that dancer’s moves will be choreographed in such a way that will be emblematic of that element. 

“You’ll move around the Berman Theater coming to each sculpture, and each sculpture will come to life with lighting, music, choreography and dancers, and then you’ll move through the four elements,” Hack says. “All of it ends at the Tree of Life.”

Choreographed dancers will dance around the four elements with the movements representing each element.
Choreographed dancers with the movements for each element will dance around the elements. Courtesy Hazon

Hazon says this is a big change from what it usually does. Instead of using art and culture to show how climate change can affect trees, Hazon now uses arts and cultures to show that they may not be capable of growing. 

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“What we’re talking about is climate change in a very different, powerful and emotional way. A way of beauty and hope and through the arts,” Hack said. “We hope and believe the message comes through strongly that we are the caretakers of the Earth, and if we want our trees to grow to their full potential, then we must make sure the seed has all that it needs.”

The program is funded through the William Davidson Foundation, D. Dan & Betty Kahn Foundation and other donors.

Tickets are $18 to attend the Tu b’Shevat Seder performance. Call the Berman Box Office at (248-432-5990 or visit www.bermanboxoffice.com theberman.org. 



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