How do we shed light on the seemingly unseen?
Blue Ghost is an intermittent nocturne in which
old and new intertwine in fleeting synchrony.
About Blue Ghost
A visual, dynamic and electric exploration into the light and dark of our natural world, Dotdotdot Dance’s new production reflects on the importance of conservation for our future, drawing our attention to the unexpected beauty and rhythm harboured in the insect world. Inspired by the Blue Ghost Firefly, the production is a nostalgic celebration that builds a tangible landscape through a meeting of flamenco dance (Dotdotdot), flamenco music (Liam Howarth), live electronic music and sound compositions (Nick Rothwell, Cassiel) and contemporary dance. Blue Ghost is a multidisciplinary production that explores three levels of inter-dependency and connection - the individual, the society and the ecosystem - to reflect a complex and fragile world whose reality we most often fail to notice.
Dotdotdot Dance is collaborating with leading Insect Conservation charities Buglife UK & Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Scroll down for more information about fireflies and how to help protect them.
Artistic Direction, Concept, Choreography & Dance:
Magdalena Mannion & Noemí Luz
Contemporary Dance: Laura Lorenzi
Original EDM Composition & Sound Design: Nick Rothwell, Cassiel
Original Flamenco Composition & Guitar: Liam Howarth
Flamenco Song: José el Tremendo Hijo
Programming: Sarah Trist Dance Management Agency
Images: Pedro Blasco & Juan Carlos Rodríguez
Fireflies are some of our most enchanting insects. Also known as lightningbugs or glow-worms, these members of the beetle family can be found all over the world, from riparian forests and desert canyons to wet meadows and even urban backyards. Over 2000 species have been described, with new ones being documented every year. Fireflies play important roles in natural ecosystems, but they also have significant cultural, biological, and economic value. Despite their significance, fireflies are in trouble. While monitoring data for many species are scarce, a growing number of anecdotal reports, backed by expert opinion, suggest that their populations are declining in many parts of the world. Habitat degradation and loss, light pollution, pesticide use, and climate change may all be playing a role.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help fireflies thrive, from turning off your lights at night to letting a bit of your yard go wild. Fireflies need five basic things: food, shelter, moisture, dark nights, and spaces that are safe from pesticides. They spend most of their lives (up to two years!) as larvae, hunting for soft-bodied prey like snails, slugs, and worms. Adults may live only a few weeks, and many species have evolved specific light signals to attract potential mates. These flickers, flashes, and glows are what fireflies are best known for, and dark skies are critical for their success. Microhabitats like leaf litter, stones, rotting logs, small burrows, grasses, forbs, and other native vegetation all provide important shelter at different stages of a firefly’s life cycle. One of the most important elements is the presence of moisture—both fireflies and their prey depend on it.
To learn more about fireflies and how you can help, check out the resources available from the Xerces Society (www.xerces.org/fireflies).
Xerces conservation brochure: https://xerces.org/publications/brochures/firefly-conservation-guide-to-protecting-jewels-of-night
Fireflyers International Network: https://fireflyersinternational.net/
Help scientists track firefly populations!
Have you seen a glow-worm? (¿Has visto una luciérnaga?) (Spain): http://www.gusanosdeluz.com/
UK glow-worm survey (UK): https://www.glowworms.org.uk/
Fireflyers International (iNaturalist): https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fireflyers-international