Golden Migration

by Chip Thomas & lisa nevada

Visual and performing arts come together around the environment at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
7851 2nd St SW, Albuquerque

516 ARTS invited photographic wheatpaste muralist Chip Thomas (aka jetsonorama) and choreographer/dancer Lisa Nevada to team up and explore working together in new ways on Golden Migration, a multi-layered project at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge for DECADE. Their collaboration focuses on the environmental and community engagement.

Lisa Nevada is compelled to bring dance out of the theater and into non-traditional settings. Her site-specific piece Golden Migration was a series of public performances featuring 12 dancers that took place in the fields and Bosque of Valle de Oro. Participants were led by Dance Guides, to walk and journey through the enchanting landscape of Valle de Oro and were met with a series of dance performances along the way. Each dance was informed and crafted from research, observations and first-hand experiences of dancing at Valle de Oro, collected over the course of the four seasons. Dancers: Mercedes Arechiga, Dalila Baied, Nicole Corpion, Lynne Davis, Miles Firkins, Brian Gallegos, Marcie Hromas, Kaitlin Innis, Romy Keegan, Kelsey Paschich, Elysia Pope and Monika Skiba.

DANCE TOURS at Valle de Oro

7851 2nd St SW, Albuquerque
Saturdays & Sundays, October 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2016

Video on the Dance Tours by Kelsey Paschich was on view at 516 ARTS through January 7, 2017.


7851 2nd St SW, Albuquerque
on view through January 7, 2017

Nevada’s research and observations of the environment are complemented by Chip Thomas’ focus on human interaction with nature, specifically in relation to bird migration, taking into consideration Valle de Oro's origin as a wetlands preserve. Together through Nevada’s choreography and Thomas’ photographic murals of her dancers on the concrete barn at the Valle de Oro, Golden Migration poses questions about how we nurture the Earth, ourselves and one another at this pivotal time. This project encourages audiences to think about how we can engage people in the topic of climate change to spark awareness, conversation and action. The mural is visible from I-25 and can be explored up close by going for a walk at Valle de Oro. It is on view October 15 – January 7, concurrently with a related Chip Thomas mural on the façade of 516 ARTS.

Special Thanks to our Volunteers:
Raphael Begay
Julie Brokken
Ann Bromberg
Cathryn Cunningham
Beth Haley
Megan Schultz
Bob Wilson

Made possible with special support from the Kurz Foundation, New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities and Friends of Valle de Oro. Special thanks to the Historic District Improvement Company.