Immersed in a fantastic underwater world, full of life, shapes and colors, we will discover that the largest source of oxygen on Earth is in serious danger, since the pollution of the sea can destroy marine microorganisms. Will we be able to save it? Hand in hand with different beings, we will explore aquatic landscapes, transforming plastic and trying to achieve larger and larger bubbles.
"Blu" is a work for family audiences created to be enjoyed by both children and adults, and which combines research in dance and the environment.
BLU aims to convey the environmental problem of the possible depletion of one of the largest sources of oxygen on Earth, photosynthesis carried out by marine organisms, due to the pollution of plastic waste in the oceans and putting it in relation to our consumption habits, raising awareness spectator / a through dance, getting the message across in a poetic way.
Currently, it is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic accumulate in our seas and oceans each year (Lebreton et al., 2017, 2019). Only 9% of all the plastic we have produced and consumed globally has been recycled, while the vast majority, 79%, has ended up in landfills or in the environment.
For this reason, 5 garbage islands have already been formed, the largest located in the Pacific Ocean triple the size of France, with 1.8 billion pieces of floating plastic that kill thousands of marine animals every year. And the weight of plastic in the oceans is expected to exceed that of fish by 2050 (Lebreton et al., 2019; Pabortsava and Lampitt 2020).
Marine microorganisms are the basis of aquatic ecosystems and their function is essential for life on Earth, since more than 50% of the oxygen on the planet is produced through photosynthesis by phytoplankton.
Specifically, 10% of the oxygen we breathe comes from a genus of bacteria called Prochlorococcus, and different studies have shown that it is susceptible to plastic pollution (Tetu et al., 2019).
BLU has a double objective, to raise awareness in society and at the same time enjoy dance.
Credits and datasheetPremiered: 29/05/2022 /
Idea, choreography and interpretation: Violeta Borruel
Lighting: Agustin Pardo
Machine management: Alfonso Sanjuán
Photography: José Ramón Bonjoch.
Duration: 45 minutes.
Premiere: May 29, 2022