Dear Future Generation: Sorry
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„Dear Future Generation: Sorry“ is a new video production led by myself. In 2022 I received financial support to realize this production by winning the competition for professional cultural creation. The dance is based on the words of the poetry slam by the well-known activist Prince Ea. This dance video creates an artistic space for our fears and questions about the climate crisis and is accessible to everyone. The dancers are committed to a sustainable world and want to share their emotions with all generations through movement.
Videoproduction by @dancecompany.one
Choreography: Corinne Kälin @corinnekaelin01
Professional dancers: Corinne Kälin @corinnekaelin01, Jana Dünner @jana.duenner , Lea Korner @leakorner , Milena Büchi @milenabuechi , Witthawa Tonja @wittha.tj
Dance students from „Chur tanzt“: Giulia Meiler, Céline Caderas, Elin Broger, Ladina Heusser, Mara-Joana Stalder, Nela-Giuliana Stalder, Nina Gabathuler, Naiara Tuor, Liana Buchli
Music: Poetry Slam „Dear future generation: sorry“ by Prince Ea @prince_ea
Camera: Cassandra Schurtenberger @c_von_e
Cut and edit: Witthawa Tonja @wittha.tj
Shooting location: @tanzhauszuerich, Davos Wiesen
„ I truly believe we have a limited amount of breaths on this planet“ Pince Ea
Dear Future Generation: Sorry
Beauty and generosity
vital to us and limited
The human species
nothing but a part of it
I have so much to say about this video production. But in fact, I want to thank every single person involved in this project for making it possible.
It was exactely one year ago when I was deeply touched and inspired by these true and honest words written and spoken by Prince Ea. Every time I danced to this Poetry Slam, I felt a lot of pain, anger and saddness. I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. I was devastated by the fact that we greedly rob the planet we live on and possibly destroy our own species.
And here we are, 365 days later.
I am extremely thankful I could realise this dance production because it gives me hope. I do believe that the next generation is sensitive enough, cares and takes action.
I encourage you to talk about the ecological and climate crisis we are facing with your children, your cousins, your neighbor, friends, the person in the train, your teacher, aunt and whoever you will cross eyecontact with today. Because our planet needs your voice.
I have hope in us. Because we can do big things. Together.
Dear Future Generations,
I think I speak for the rest of us when I say
Sorry, sorry we left you with our mess of a planet
Sorry that we were too caught up in our own doings to do something
Sorry we listened to people who made excuses
To do nothing
I hope you forgive us
We just didn't realize how special the earth was
Like a marriage going wrong
We did not know what we had until it was gone
I'm guessing you probably know what is the Amazon Desert, right?
Well believe it or not
It was once called once called the Amazon Rain Forest
And there were billions of trees there
And all of them gorgeous and just um..
Oh, you don't know much about trees, do you?
Well let me tell you that trees are amazing
And I mean, we literally breath the air
They are creating, and they clean up our pollution
Our carbon, they store and purify water,
Give us medicine that cures ours diseases
, food that feeds us
Which is why I am so sorry, to tell you that
We burned them down
Cut them down with brutal machines, horrific
At a rate of 40 football fields every minute
That's 50% of all the trees in the world all gone
In the last 100 years
Why? For this
And that wouldn't make me so sad
If there weren't so many pictures of leaves on it
You know when I was a child
I read how the Native Americans had such consideration
For the planet that they felt responsible
For how they left the land for the next 7 generations
Which brings me great sorrow, because most of us today, Don't even care about tomorrow
So I'm sorry, I'm sorry that we put profit above people, Greed over need, the rule of gold above the golden rule
I'm sorry we used nature as a credit card with no spending limit
Over drafting animals to extinction
Stealing your chance to ever see their uniqueness
Or become friends with them
Sorry we poison the oceans so much that you can't even swim in them
But most of all, i'm sorry about our mindset
'cause we had the nerve to call this destruction
Hey Fox News, if you don't think climate change is a threat
I dare you to interview the thousands of homeless people in Bangladesh
See, while you was in your penthouse nestled
Their homes were literally washed away
Beneath their feet due to the rising sea levels
And Sara palin, you said that you love the smell of fossil fuels
Well I urge you to talk about the kids of Bejing
Who are forced to wear pollution masks just to go to school
See, you can ignore this, but the thing about truth is
It can be denied, not avoided
So I'm sorry future generation
I'm sorry that our footprints became a sinkhole and not a garden
I'm sorry that we paid so much attention to ISIS
And very little how fast the ice is melting in the arctic
I'm sorry we doomed you
And I'm sorry we didn't find another planet in time to move to
I am s...
You know what, cut the beat, I'm not sorry
This future I do not accept it
Because an error does not become a mistake
Until you refuse to correct it
We can redirect this, how?
Let me suggest that if a farmer sees a tree that is unhealthy
They don't look at the branches to diagnosis it
They look at the root, so like that farmer
We must look at the root
And not to the branches of the government
Not to the politicians run by corporations
We are the root, we are the foundation, this generation
It is up to us to take care of this planet
It is our only home, we must globally warm our hearts And change the climate of our souls
And realize that we are not apart from nature
We are a part of nature
And to betray nature is to betray us
To save nature, is to save us
Because whatever you're fighting for:
Racism, Poverty, Feminism, Gay Rights
Or any type of Equality
It won't matter in the least
Because if we don't all work together to save the environment
We will be equally extinct