In the inaugural event for Samba Fogo’s newest project, the Wild Utah Dance Project, we are proud to partner with TreeUtah for Plant Your Feet – an outdoor dance class and planting ceremony to celebrate our environment and our community through movement, music, and the planting of roots.
Audience members will become fellow dancers as artists become tree planters in Plant Your Feet, a unique merging of artistic performance, community engagement, and environmental service. The event is both an outdoor dance class and a planting ceremony featuring live music and dance performances, during which the artists participate in the planting of twenty new oak trees.
With the development of the Wild Utah Dance Project – a new environmental arts collective dedicated to “creating dance that calls us back home; to return to our bodies and re-connect with the Earth under our feet” – Plant Your Feet represents Samba Fogo’s first collaboration with TreeUtah – a local environmental education and advocacy organization that has facilitated the planting of over 380,000 trees.
Drawn together by a passion for the natural world and the lands that Utahns call home, these two groups are honored to present an event that explores the connection between the artistic beauty inherent in nature and the power of art to shape communities and environments through creation and communication.
Hosted at Liberty Park, Plant Your Feet will begin as an outdoor dance class led by Samba Fogo’s director Lorin Hansen. Attendees can expect to move and groove in a fun, sweaty, high-energy class open to all levels, with live music and drums accompanying the celebration of our bodies, each other, and the ground we dance upon. Following the class will be a planting ceremony – a site-specific performance that weaves traditional and contemporary dance forms with the planting of trees into the earth and the forging of roots between the community and the environment.