Of Looms & Lilies

An evening of dance by Jody Weber at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

Friday, October 23, 2015

Doors Open at 6:30pm • Performance at 7:30pm

Refreshments will be served.

Tickets on sale now!

  • $60 for VIP Seating and Private Post-Performance Reception with Dancers & Choreographer
  • $30 General Admission
  • $25 for Boston Dance Alliance and Charles River Museum Members, Senior Citizens, and Students


In 1845 Henry David Thoreau retreated to his cabin at Walden Pond in Massachusetts to experiment with a life of simplicity. He kept detailed records of his environment including when the pond froze and thawed and when each variety of plant bloomed in spring. Less than 30 miles away the industrial revolution was well underway at the Lowell Mills that employed over 10,000 people, mostly women, to generate fabric for an explosion of ready-made American clothing. Today we own closets full of clothing and mass made material goods that would have boggled the mind of the average nineteenth century American.

Recent research has utilized Thoreau’s detailed observations on the plants of Walden Pond and revealed that those same plants are blooming an average of three weeks earlier than they did in 1845. It is no longer disputed that human activity is contributing to climate change, so what have we gained and what are we losing? What did these mill girls gain in financial independence, and what did they lose as they disconnected with the natural world and entered the life of dormitories and machines?

Of Looms and Lilies is an artistic investigation of the proliferation of material wealth generated by the industrial revolution and its effect on both our personal and spiritual lives and its wider impact on Climate change. It is also a simple conversation between a nineteenth century factory worker and a contemporary woman. What might they say to one another? What might they learn?

Danced by Adriane Brayton, Shannon Humphreys, Kristy Kuhn, Jennifer Roberts & Jennifer Sylvia

Learn more about Jody Weber here, from an interview conducted and published by the Somerville Arts Council in honor of her being named their Somerville Artist of the Month. 

Creation of Looms & Lilies was supported by a Boston Center for the Arts Residency and a Bridgewater State University CARS Summer Grant.

The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation is located in the Francis Cabot Lowell Mill building complex, the historical home of the Boston Manufacturing Company, the first integrated factory in the United States. Founded by Francis Cabot Lowell in 1813, the Boston Manufacturing Company was the predecessor of the Lowell Mills.