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UNSECO

Life at a time
of great transitions

Imagine / Debate / Commit

November 25 & 26, 2022
at UNESCO • Paris

Speakers & moderators

Of roots and sea ballet

Of roots and sea ballet

Steps For A Change danse company

Steps For A Change (SFAC) is a dance company named after its first performance. Based in Montpellier (France), it brings together 15 dancers aged 7 to 17. It was created after senior scientist Yunne Shin (IRD) and choreographer and dance-academy director Emily Lartillot met and decided to embark on a joint creative endeavour, seizing the 7th IPBES April 2019 Plenary event at UNESCO in Paris to mark minds on future planetary issues and to enable art and science to meet to carry the same message of urgency and hope. The company was invited to perform the show again before the 52nd session of the IPCC Plenary in Feb. 2020.

« Of roots and sea » In the Ecosystem Restoration Decade and the Ocean-Science Decade of the United Nations, the « Steps for a change » dance company set its sights on mangroves as major ecosystems, not only for biodiversity conservation, but also for mitigation of, and adaptation to climate change. The high biodiversity they harbour and the wealth of services they deliver, both locally and globally, are often overlooked. Yet, hundreds of millions of people directly depend on them. « Of roots and sea » plays with the high visual and scenic potential of mangroves. It sheds light on the diversity of life in mangrove roots and foliage, their nursery role, their importance for local and global food supply, their cultural and societal role for local communities. The dancers evolve at multiple interfaces – land-ocean, earth-sky, urban-natural areas - in an environment full of contrasts between the thickness of the sediment and the fluidity of the water, between rising and falling tides.

The creation this ballet is part of a collaborative Arts & Sciences project that will take place over several years, with performances, exchanges with dance schools, and the dissemination of videos and content to raise awareness of the many facets and roles of mangrove ecosystems. The project as a whole, and in particular the creation and first performances of the ballet within the framework of the Université de la Terre, were made possible thanks to the support and financial contributions of the following organizations and projects:

- UNESCO

- European Marine Board (EMB), in the framework of the Decade of the Ocean and the EMB artistic residency program called EMBracing the Ocean, of which Of Roots and Sea was one of the two laureates in 2022

- University of Montpellier and its Initiative Clé Mer et Littoral

- Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and the interdisciplinary project of scientific mediation Planet@liment

- Pew Charitable Trusts

Chorégraphy : Emily Lartillot

Conception : Emily Lartillot and Yunne Shin

Dancers : Lila Azac, Nina Gatineau, Salomé Guez, Lyna Jaidi, Shirine Jaidi, Marion Lefrançois, Capucine Lejeune, Anaé Maury-Shin, Lila Maury-Shin, Milena Modicca, Inès Mouron, Anna Neidhardt, Maya Neidhardt, Angèle Toquebiol, Lou Winling

Speaks on the theme

Friday, November 25

09h30 > 11h00

1. Where is life headed ?

Moderation: Marie-Aline MELIYI

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Friday, November 25

09h30 > 11h00

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Saturday, November 26

14h30 > 16h00

44. Blue gold : let’s save the oceans

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Saturday, November 26

14h30 > 16h00

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