On Friday, May 9th collaborator Sara Mills, Doctoral Student, University of Michigan Urban and Regional Planning, paid us a visit during rehearsals to share some of the research she has been doing throughout Michigan’s communities in relation to wind energy.
Something that really struck me was the fact that while most people are in favor of wind energy, the truth is that a large percentage of people (80%) live in cities where a wind turbine is unlikely to affect their landscape. It is the rural communities that will have to deal with having turbines in their properties. Therefore, it is incredibly important to find out how and why would these communities want or not want to have wind energy developers put up those massive turbines on their land. An understanding of the community and the relationships between neighbors is key because a landscape belongs to the community.
Meanwhile in rehearsals, it’s been interesting to explore various ideas involving wind within the body. What is wind? How is wind created? How can we create wind (breath) with our bodies? How can we figuratively become wind and thereby understand it? Perhaps by understanding the relationship between humans and our ability to harness our breath as a source of movement we can understand the relationship between communities and the ability to harness wind as a source of energy.
Note: For Sara Mills’ bio, please click on the ‘collaborators’ tab under ‘2014 Season: Into the Wind.’