Thanks to all who joined us as we honored the 50th Anniversary of our beloved Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore at the Dunes Blowout: A Festival of Performance and Ecology. The event commemorates the Centennial of the National Park Service, the Bicentennial of the State of Indiana, and the Centennial of Indiana’s State Park System. The festival paid homage to the historic Dunes Pageant of 1917 – the largest outdoor performance ever held in the dunes – that helped amplify the cry to save the dunes across the country. The Pageant brought together artists, scientists, architects, humanitarians, social welfare advocates, and musicians to show just how much the dunes meant to people from all walks of life. Thanks to their historic collaboration, our Indiana dunes are now protected for generations to come.
The 2016 Dunes Blowout brought diverse groups together for two days of artistic performance and exploration of the dunes ecosystem.
The Blowout featured:
• Indiana Ballet Theatre. A dance in the historic style of the 1917 Pageant on the beach at sunset
• South Shore Dance Alliance. A choreographed original performance piece exploring the story of the dunes with music by Kenneth Ware
• Pine Elementary Magnet School fo rthe Arts. An original dance performance focused on native plants of the dunes
• Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy. A jazz band performance celebrating our connection to nature.
• Sacred Sands Reader’s Theater. A reader’s theatre piece by Long Beach resident David Hoppe based on the seminal book about our region: Sacred Sands by Ron Engel. The performance will be directed by John Green, the chair of the theatre department at Columbia College and will include local performers
• Patti Shaffner. Original song about the dunes and an interactive, improvisational singing circle