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Representing the Celestial: A Movement Workshop

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

NAS Building, Great Hall, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.

Free. Registration and photo ID required.

A movement workshop with Tom Di Liberto, Margot Greenlee, Dance Exchange, and Washington Project for the Arts

Appropriate for all ages. Adults, families, and children welcome!

Join us for a movement workshop exploring light pollution, dark sites, and luminous artifacts. Light pollution is a macroscopic phenomenon which will transform the history of astronomy for future generations. The sky has been gradually re-shaped by luminous objects set in orbit in the last century: satellites, planes, artifacts. How will our representation of the sky change as humans populate it with more and more luminous artifacts?

Attend a related lecture on Friday, November 22, 7:30-9 p.m. by Kevin B. Marvel of the American Astronomical Society. Details and registration.


Margot Greenlee is a choreographer and nationally recognized as a master teaching artist. Margot brings her artistic team of professional performers and arts therapists to lead programs in educational, healthcare, and corporate settings. As an artist working at the intersection of art and advocacy, Greenlee had developed a new approach to civic engagement. PerForum (Performance + Civic Dialogue) is a way to become more curious and invested in important community issues. Using both theatrical elements and expert testimony, recent topics have focused on public health policies that impact families such as Food Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion, Immigrant Rights, and Sex Education. Current project partners include the Department of Education, the Eurasia Foundation, Fairfax County Department of Therapeutic Recreation, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Tom Di Liberto is a climatologist and science communicator working as a federal contractor at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Program Office as the consulting climatologist for NOAA’s Climate.gov. Tom was named America’s first Scientist Idol in 2013 after winning a competition at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Since, he has given well-received, humorous, informal science talks on weather and climate across the US. In 2015 and 2016, he served as emcee of the Department of State’s U.S. Center at the United Nations climate change conferences COP21—where the Paris Agreement was forged—and COP22. As emcee, he helped lead the U.S. government’s public outreach space during the negotiations which included introducing and leading events with attendees including cabinet members, politicians, business leaders and scientists.

Dance Exchange supports creativity and builds community to deepen understanding of ourselves and the world we share. Fueled by generosity and curiosity, Dance Exchange expands who gets to dance, where dance happens, what dance is about, and why dance matters. For more than 43 years, Dance Exchange has collaborated across generations, disciplines, and communities to channel the power of dancemaking as a means for dialogue, a source of critical reflection, and a creative engine for thought and action. Founded in 1976 by Liz Lerman and under the artistic direction of Cassie Meador since 2011, Dance Exchange is a non-profit dance organization based in Takoma Park, Maryland.


This event is part of the NATURA NATURANS series organized by the Washington Project for the Arts. NATURA NATURANS is an artist-driven educational experiment that consists of lectures, workshops, field trips, and an exhibition exploring our changing understanding of nature in the Anthropocene. It is curated by the artist Anne-Sophie Coiffet, who divides her time between DC and Paris.

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