Bates Dance Festival: Funerals for the Ocean

Funerals for the Ocean
by Vanessa Anspaugh
July 30-31 at 6PM
At Simard Payne Park (46 Beech Street)
Funerals for The Ocean is a new participatory performance inspired by current climate activist happenings that address the global climate crisis, rising sea levels and a rapidly dying oceanic ecosystem. Ritualistic gestures and choreographies of memorial and gratitude are intended to be felt and witnessed as we explore the material of salt; that which remains when ocean water evaporates. In Funerals for the Ocean, audience participants, alongside performers are quietly guided to enact/perform a variety of carefully choreographed rituals intended to provide space and bodily gestures for grieving what we have lost while also paying homage to what has been.
Audiences members will move throughout Simard Payne Park during this performance. Please do not bring blankets and chairs. Bring only what you are comfortable carrying. For accessibility questions, please contact


Jul 30 2021


6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


For Adults,
For Kids,
For Teens