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Loher explores the vital role that bees play in our food supply and the threats they face from changing environmental conditions. She makes specific reference to the CCD, Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon that led to the world-wide disappearance of worker honey bees. .
This piece offers a glimpse into the extraordinary language developed by honeybees to communicate the distance, direction and quality of a food source. Bees that have returned from foraging perform a group of movements that closely resembles a figure eight. Also known as the “waggle” dance, this mode of communication has been threatened by industrial food production and its use of pesticides.
Loher’s interpretation of the dance celebrates its beauty and intricate complexity all the while addressing its vulnerability to current agricultural practices. During the dance, the bees lose their wings and becoming increasingly more human.