A Nature Ballet

By: Brenda, Director of Education and Volunteers, Audubon Zoo
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There is a strong connection between the arts and nature, but sometimes we have to be reminded of it and even given examples.  We can see nature in the visual arts very readily in photography and paintings-that’s easy.  The Audubon Zoo is experimenting with the language arts in our current project the Language of Conservation.  The beauty of nature has inspired great poetry.  We hope to convey messages of conservation through selected poetry creatively exhibited through out the zoo. 

Now we have an opportunity to enjoy the magic of nature through the performing arts. The Magic of MOMIX in Botanica  put on by the New Orleans Ballet Association is coming October 22 and 23rd.  This is a mesmerizing and entertaining ballet with puppetry, projections and eclectic music.  I fell in love with  Disney’s Fantasia when I was a kid (especially the dancing hippos) and this is a more sophisticated and multi-dimensional version of music, dance and nature.  The New Orleans Ballet Association called me because they knew that Audubon Nature Institute members are connected to nature and care about conservation.  They knew this performance would be a great partnership between nature and the arts.  

I am very excited to attend this event and would like to let the Audubon Nature Institute members know that they can purchase 4 tickets to Botanica for a special discount.  Call New Orleans Ballet Association between Oct 11-14 and mention code 4 PACK.  

I’m going to put on my dress-up clothes and bring my family to this “eye popping and mind boggling” (New York Times) event. Nature is an awe-inspiring gift.  Botanica will give us yet another chance to see that.