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Change from Within: Diversifying the Environmental Movement

Jasmmine Ramgotra introducing Change from Within at the Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park
Photo: Michael Maine

Our first intern, Jasmmine Ramgotra, conducted research and choreography for Change from Within, a cross-disciplinary, interview-based dance performance and discussion exploring the lack of diversity in the environmental field and solutions for improvement. Performances have been held at UW and the Seattle Art Museum.

Change from Within explores the lack of diversity in the environmental field and solutions for improvement in the cross-disciplinary format of contemporary dance. Seattle res

earcher and choreographer, Jasmmine Ramgotra, creates a movement-based representation of interviews she conducted with leaders of Seattle’s environmental community over 5 months, including individuals in government, NGO’s, business, and academia. Using the interview audio as a sound score, and four dancers to communicate the message, the performance presents clear takeaways about how to create positive change on an individual level. The performance is typically followed by an audience and collaborator discussion to reflect on the piece collectively, focusing on our dissonances, insight, and collective inspirations.

Scene from Change from Within
Photo: Tyler Ung

To date, performances have been held at the at the Olympic Sculpture Park Paccar Pavilion and Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center at the University of Washington in Seattle. Both performances featured Esra Cömert-Morishige, Megumi Hosaka, Peter Kohring and Sean O’Bryan as performers/movement collaborators, and an original sound score by local compositional artist Eli Hetrick / HETRIK.

Change from Within represents the culmination of Ramgotra‘s 2017 capstone internship with the Center for Creative Conservation and her double degree in environmental studies and dance at UW. She is currently seeking support to hold additional performances in the region and expand the project.