BETWEEN LAND & WATER

I TOOK OVER THE  COMMUNITY SAILING CENTER FOR ART HOP THIS YEAR WITH A MULTI-SENSORY SITE-SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE.

Between Land & Water was an exploration of the experience of liminality. My intent was to highlight and share the beauty and movement vocabulary of the site and the activity of sailing and other human powered water sports: The sudden, abrupt, intentional movements of sailors, the directed and efficiently balanced movements of paddle boarders and the sustaining movements of waves and wind.

Directed in collaboration with choreographers Roxanne Scully(SUP), Sara McMahon, Marly Spieser-Schneider, and Lida Winfield, Between Land & Water was performed by local dancers and paddle boarders. Composer Matt LaRocca and local musicians performed an improvised piece in response to and in collaboration with the site and the dancers. Video artist Hilary Hess filmed the event while swimming, along with Evan Deutsch and Jon Portman who used a drone to capture footage from the air. Doreen Kraft and Martin De Geus captured the performance from land.

The performance and installation are a continuation of my work exploring liminality.  Both were an invitation to discover and respond to the dynamic experience of the site, that connects land and water. More than 300 people attended the performance. 

You can listen to an interview on VPR about the performance here. 

 

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BETWEEN LAND & WATER / LAND & LOCAL EXHIBIT

AT SHELBURNE FARMS

The footage from the event, shot from the air, land and water was displayed as part of BCA's Land & Local exhibit at Shelburne Farms in October, 2016.  The intent of this work was to invite viewers to explore Lake Champlain in new ways through footage shot from multiple vantage points during the site-specific performance at the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center.

The Coach Barn and the Sailing Center have completely different histories, and offer different experiences. One, urban and industrial, the other serene and bucolic. Yet both are connected by the lake, and exist within a shared watershed. The exhibit was an exploration of this bigger context. My intent was to ground the rich sensory experience of the Sailing Center in the land-based, earthy environment of the Coach barn. To create the installation I worked with Ashley Jimenez, from BCA and Mark Naud, Director of the Community Sailing Center, who helped to install a sail as a projection surface, as well as pieces from the dock and boat stands that held up the video monitors. Both the site-based performance, and the installation literally and figuratively brought the community together in an experiential way.

 

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CREDITS

Dancers on the Breakwater

Angela Arsenault

 Coulter Cluett

Sarah Macdonald

 Olivia Malone

Mia Pinheiro

Elizabeth Marie Seyler

Liesje Smith

 

Dancers on Pier

Choreography by Christine Holt

Christine Holt

Jill Lyons

Alison Mott

Miriam Stoll

 

Dancers on Wall

Hanna Satterlee

Otto Pierce

 

Dancers on Dock

Choreography and performance by students in Clare Byrne's UVM Composition Class, directed by Ryan Kabilian & Mollie Morganz

Blair Bean

Mia Fishkin

Sage Horsey

Ruby LaBrusciano-Carris

Ryan Kabilian

Mollie Morgan

Emily Velush

 

Dancers on Boat Ramp

Holly Chagnon

Nicole Dagesse

Martha Whitfield

 

Dancers Moving with Audience

Sara McMahon

Erika Senft Miller

Marly Spieser - Schneider

Lida Winfield

 

Dancer with Rocking Chair

Ellen Bernstein

 

Dancers on Land

Dancers from Burlington Movement for Parkinson's class, Directed by Sara McMahon

Bea

Ron

Gary

Darlene

Sue

Sue

Annabelle

Carl

Sarah

Jim

Pete

Francie

Tracy - assisting

 

Secchi Disk - Water Research

Heather Fitzgerald

 

 Moving On and With Rocks

Jonathan Silverman

 

On SUP Boards

Choreography by Roxanne Scully

Shanley Hinge

Shannon Lipkin

Karen Spach

Carey Strobeck

Lindsay Tompkins

Roxanne Scully

Helaina Stergas

Elzy Wick

Kayakers

Scott Luria

John H Miller

 

Musicians

Directed by Matt LaRocca

Jeremy Frederick - guitar

Shannon Hawley – guitar

Matt LaRocca- piano, guitar and viola

Adam Wood – keyboard

Ula Klein – guitar, voice

 

Choir

Members of the South Burlington Community Choir, directed by Matt LaRocca:

Mike Dowling

Karen Jette

Sue Stoner

Deb Noel

Marla Weiner

Kathleen Bachus

Merle Siiro

Patrick Maguire

Janet Dattilio

Susan Paquette

Rose Bacon

Lori Rippa

 

Videographers

In Water: Hilary Hess, assisted by Anna Senft Miller

On Land: Martin De Geus, Doreen Kraft

In Air: Oxbow

 

Photographers

Maxine Senft Miller

Amira Silverman

 

Screen Prints

Jasmine Parsia, Iskra Print Collective

 

Posters and Postcards

Ellen Voorheis, Solidarity of Unbridled Labour

 

Special Thanks to the fabulous Community Sailing Center Team for creating endless opportunities for learning, exploring and playing on and off the water.