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Created and Performed by Stephen Clapp
Lighting by Ben Levine
Costume by Eleanor Rufty
Music by Stephen Clapp

There have been five past great mass extinctions during the history of Earth.
There is also an ever-growing consensus within the scientific community that we may have entered a sixth.

Wagler, Ron. "The Anthropocene Mass Extinction: An Emerging Curriculum Theme for Science Educators." The American Biology Teacher Vol. 73, No. 2 (2011)

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"Evo Morales says..."

Music and editing by Stephen Clapp.

"Dear Matafele Peinem"

Written and performed by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner at the Opening Ceremony of
the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. September 23, 2014.

"Be Prepared to Evacuate"

Written by Tara Masih (excerpted with permission from the author).
from Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming *
Read by Jennifer Mendenhall.
Music and editing by Stephen Clapp.

* Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming
  Edited by Steven Pavlos Holmes.
  Published by Torrey House Press, 2013.

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A Note About Windswept Sources:
Chart, media and data sources are listed herein in order to provide a glimpse into some of the climatological media that is published as evidence, expose some of the absurdity that transpires in front of microphones, and offer easy access to some of scientific information and media that was used as source material for the research-based performance project of Windswept.

Chart Sources

"Carbon dioxide concentrations in Antarctica over 400,000 years." (sources: Keeling and Whorf 2004)

"PIOMAS Daily Arctic Ice Volume." (source: PIOMAS Zhang and Rothrock 2003)

"Antarctic Sea Ice Volume." (source: http://sunshinehours.wordpress.com/tag/antarctic-sea-ice/)

"Land, Sea and Temperature Anomaly Trend," (source: http://data.griss.nasa.gov)

"The Keeling Curve: Atmospheric CO2 concentrations. (source: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/obop/mlo)

"ExxonMobil" stock trend 1995-2014 (source: NYSE finance.yahoo.com)

"SolarCity" stock trend 9/8/14 - 10/3/14 (source: NASDAQ finance.yahoo.com)

"Evo Morales says..." [media sources]

Congressman Steve Stockman - "Former Congressman Steve Stockman Discusses Global Warming," YouTube video, 0:56, posted by "plantsneedco2," December 3, 2009, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rXEIeyUjRw

President Barak Obama - Amy Goodman, "As Obama Settles on Nonbinding Treaty, 'Only a Big Movement' Can Take on Global Warming," Democracynow.org video, 31:55, August 28, 2014, http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/28/as_obama_settles_on_non_binding

Senator Jeff Sessions - "Sessions Spars With Director John Holdren On Climate Change," YouTube video, 3:49, posted by "SenatorSessions," February 25, 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot1XPWOXTeI

Dr. John Holdren - "Sessions Spars With Director John Holdren On Climate Change," YouTube video, 3:49, posted by "SenatorSessions," February 25, 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot1XPWOXTeI

Congressman Steve Stockman - "John Holdren to Rep. Stockman: 'Global Wobbling' Is Not A Global Warming Thing," YouTube video, 3:47, posted by "ThinkProgress Video," September 18, 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud7fHTswj5k

Congressman Rodney Davis and caller - Interview with Rodney Davis. Focus 580. Illinois Public Radio, WILL, October 30, 2012.

Congresswoman Michelle Bachman - "Michele Bachmann: "CO2 Is A Natural Byproduct of Nature!," YouTube video, 4:05, posted by "climate brad," April 23, 2009, http://youtu.be/IAaDVOd2sRQ

Dr. John Holdren - "John Holdren Calls Out Rep. Dana Rohrabacher For 'Red Herring' Questions On Climate," YouTube video, 3:04, posted by "ThinkProgress Video," September 18, 2014, http://youtu.be/WJOpDQ-PB-8

Naomi Klein - Goodman, Amy and Juan Gonzalez. Interview with Naomi Klien. Democracy Now. http://www.democracynow.org, September 18, 2014.

Marc Morano - Goodman, Amy. Interview with Marc Morano. Democracy Now. http://www.democracynow.org, December 8, 2011.

President Barack Obama - Office of the Press Secretary 2012. Remarks by the President on American-Made Energy, media release, The White House, Washington, March 22, 2012.

Bill McKibben - Goodman, Amy and Juan Gonzalez. Interview with Bill McKibben. Democracy Now. http://www.democracynow.org, August, 28, 2014.

Rand Paul - "Rand Paul Rally for the Republicans Part 2," YouTube video, 9:24, posted by "Paul Allen," February 4, 2010. http://youtu.be/cmqozUC4VWk

Windswept Data Sources:

Cook, John. The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism. Research, SkepticalScience.com, 2010.

Easterbrook, Don J. Global Cooling is Here. November 2, 2008. http://www.globalresearch.ca/global-cooling-is-here/10783 (accessed June 20, 2014).

EPA. "Climate Change Indicators in the United States." Vers. 3rd edition. United States Environmental Protection Agency. US Environmental Protection Agency. May 2014. http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/ (accessed August 16, 2014).

IPCC WGI AR4. Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Research, Working Group I contribution to the 4th Assessment Report of the IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

IPCC WGI-12 AR5. Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis Summary for Policymakers. Research, Working Group I contribution to the 5th Assessment Report of the IPCC, Intergovenmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

IPCC WGII-10 AR5. Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability Summary for Policymakers. Research, Working Group II contribution to the 5th Assessment Report of the IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

IPCC WGIII AR5. Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change Summary for Policymakers. Research, Working Group III contribution to the 5th Assessment Report of the IPCC, Intergovenmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge, UK: Cabridge University Press, 2014.

Kenward, Alyson, Dennis Adams-Smith, and Urooj Raja. Wildfires & Air Pollution: The Hidden Health Hazards of Climate Change. Research, Research, Climate Central, Princeton: Princeton, 2013.

Klein, Naomi. This Changes Everything. Toronto: Simon and Schuster, 2015.

Leiserowitz, A. A., E. W. Maibach, C. Roser-Renouf, N. Smith, and E. Dawson. Climategate, Public Opinion, and the Loss of Trust. Research, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven: Yale University, 2012.

Monibot, George. "With Eyes Wide Shut." The Guardian, August 11, 2003.

NAS. National Climate Assessment 2014. Research, National Academy of Sciences / US Global Change Research Program, US Global Change Research Program, 2014.

NASA. Ozone Hole Watch. Goddard Space Flight Center. September 25, 2013. http://ozonewatch.gsfc.nasa.gov/facts/SH.html (accessed July 22, 2014).

NOAA. Climate of the United States. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2014. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/climate-information/climate-us (accessed July 20, 2014).

Oreskes, Naomi. "Beyond the Ivory Tower: The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change." Science, December 3, 2004: 1686.

Powel, James Lawrence. "Harvard and Brown Fail on Climate Why university presidents Drew Gilpin Faust and Christina Paxson were wrong to reject calls to divest from fossil fuel companies." The Nation, February 17, 2014, February 17, 2014 ed.

Revkin, Andrew C. "Hacked E-Mail Is New Fodder for Climate Denial." The New York Times, November 20, 2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/21/science/earth/21climate.html

Smith, Richard. "Capitalism and the Destruction of Life on Earth." Real-World Economics Review, no. 64 (2013).

Sundt, Nicholas. "C. H. I. P. S. talking points." Climate Extremes Communications Guidebook. Prod. World Wildlife Fund. Washington, DC, January 2014.

Tripati, Aradhna K., Christopher D. Roberts, and Robert A. Eagle. "Coupling of CO2 and Ice Sheet Stability Over Major Climate Transitions of the Last 20 Million Years ." Science Magazine / American Association for the Advancement of Science. December 4, 2009. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/326/5958/1394.abstract (accessed August 19, 2014).

Click here for the Windswept Research Page

Dance Box Theater's latest work by Stephen Clapp, Windswept, explores the divisive dialogue around climate change, its causes and effects, and potential courses of action to mitigate its impacts. Through dramatic choreography, spoken word, insightful narrative and a unique, original music score, Windswept addresses the possibility that we may be in the midst of an anthropocene extinction.

The October 2014 performance of Windswept will be a shared evening with Founding Director of force/collision, John Moletress who will present his latest work Jarman (all this maddening beauty).


Dance Box Theater is a dance theater company whose creative process is fluid, collaborative and non-conventional. The companies'work explores issues of social justice and human interaction and is based on the collaborative partnership between seasoned professionals, Laura Schandelmeier and Stephen Clapp who bring their talents together to create choreography through many hours of intricate partnering. They collaborate with other performers, visual artists, musicians and technical artists to create interdisciplinary work.

Schandelmeier and Clapp began working together in 2004 and since then have created seven full-evening performance works. They have received choreographic commissions from the Creative Communities Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2010, Schandelmeier and Clapp received the Metro DC Dance Awards' Founder's Award for Innovation in Dance. In addition to dance theater productions, Dance Box Theater has been engaged in arts-integration residencies, professional development for educators, and arts education for youth throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and beyond.

August 2014 rehearsal for Windswept in the Hyman M. Perlo studio at Dance Place. (Photo by S.Clapp)

August 14, 2014 cohort showing at GWU (still from video by Sarah Smith)

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