Shot over the course of twelve days in Antarctica, The First Dance has been commissioned by Random Acts for Channel 4 and digital development organisation The Space. Award-winning UK-based choreographer Corey Baker helms the short film which features New Zealand’s Madeleine Graham, a celebrated ballet star. Baker is himself originally from New Zealand.
Somerset House will have a range of activities for Earth Day 2018, on April 22nd. As well as screenings of Antarctica: The First Dance, Baker will be in attendance hosting a Q&A in the afternoon. He will be joined by Kylie Wood from Antartica New Zealand.
Highlighting the problem, the producers of the film (which clocks in at just over 4 minutes) have estimated that 860,000 tonnes of Antarctic ice will have melted in the time it takes to watch the film.
Baker has said that the film is about ‘celebrating the last great wilderness while we still have it!’
Other Earth Day events at Somerset House include the raising of a specially commissioned flag by T H E U N S E E N which will highlight the effects of climate change on London. The vivid red, white and blue of the Union Jack will dull into a monochromatic appearance if levels of UV radiation are too high. The levels fluctuate depending on the ozone layer, with greenhouse gases causing severe depletion of the natural solar inhibitor in the Earth’s atmosphere.
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Michael Pinsky will also be on hand to talk about his interactive installation. The Pollution Pods are a series of interconnecting dome structures designed to mimic the environments of Beijing, São Paulo, New Delhi, Tautra in Norway and London.
For more details about attending the event, please visit the Somerset House website