An unusual scene played out under the American Museum of Natural History’s iconic blue whale on Wednesday. More than 30 dancers raced, pushed, and teetered on tiptoe in a dance that contemporary ballet choreographer Karole Armitage described as climate change “consciousness raising.” The dance, “On the Nature of Things
,” was a collaboration between Armitage and biologist Paul Ehrlich. The aim of this cross-disciplinary experiment? To see if dance, art, and narrative can shift the conversation on climate change.