BETWEEN LAND & WATER
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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Dancers on the Breakwater
Elizabeth Marie Seyler
Dancers on Pier
Choreography by Christine Holt
Dancers on Wall
Dancers on Dock
Choreography and performance by students in Clare Byrne's UVM Composition Class, directed by Ryan Kabilian & Mollie Morganz
Dancers on Boat Ramp
Dancers Moving with Audience
Erika Senft Miller
Marly Spieser - Schneider
Dancer with Rocking Chair
Dancers on Land
Dancers from Burlington Movement for Parkinson's class, Directed by Sara McMahon
Tracy - assisting
Secchi Disk - Water Research
Moving On and With Rocks
On SUP Boards
Choreography by Roxanne Scully
John H Miller
Directed by Matt LaRocca
Jeremy Frederick - guitar
Shannon Hawley – guitar
Matt LaRocca- piano, guitar and viola
Adam Wood – keyboard
Ula Klein – guitar, voice
Members of the South Burlington Community Choir, directed by Matt LaRocca:
In Water: Hilary Hess, assisted by Anna Senft Miller
On Land: Martin De Geus, Doreen Kraft
In Air: Oxbow
Maxine Senft Miller
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.