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Keshet dancers participate in national water project

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — This Saturday, 1,500 dancers will move across rivers, lakes and oceans to draw national attention to the importance of water.

Fifteen New Mexicans from Keshet Dance will join in that celebration at the Mill Pond Refuge in Albuquerque’s Sawmill District.

Now in its third year, the bi-annual event will mark the first time the state has participated in the live streaming designed to highlight environmental issues.

Keshet has partnered with the New Mexico Water Collaborative on the project. “We’re in a water crisis and it’s something that’s important to the community,” Keshet communications director Carolyn Tobias said.

Organizers chose the site north of the Museum of Natural History because the sewage treatment recycles 2,000 gallons of toilet flushing water daily for landscaping, Tobias said.

“All of their toilet water is treated on site,” she said. “The re-use of the water is distributed through a retention pond which then waters the landscape.”

The dancers won’t be splashing around in standing water, she cautioned. The pond is just 6-to-8 feet deep and most of the water sinks into the ground.

Audiences will see identical choreography simulcast across the nation, followed by local interpretations. All are welcome to participate. The project originated in Florida.

“It’s contemporary movement,” Tobias said. “It all starts off with everybody doing the same thing at the same time.”

The Keshet dancers are both professional and pre-professional, she added.

“We’re hoping people will come out in support of New Mexico.”

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