Water is the basis of all life. Without it we die. We are made of …mostly water. Water can be beautiful and it can be terrifying. We are drawn to it by some unseen force of nature: the pounding surf, a thundering waterfall, the lullaby of rain against our windows. Water lures us, embraces us. From the passionate to the mundane, it is a constant reminder of forces we cannot tame.
Water has drawn me to challenge myself and to challenge dancers to utilize its mystical properties to create beauty. In Water Dance you will see dancers in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, mountain lakes and rivers, and even in a park fountain or two. One thing about water found naturally-it is seldom warm, and it is always powerful. It takes all the strength of the human body and spirit to seduce it into an artistic partnership.
I call dancers Artist/Athletes. And for a dancer to perform in water pushes them to the limits of both artistry AND athleticism. Every dancer I have asked to jump out of the water has said it is much harder to do than they first thought. Yet when the jump is executed with precision, the dancer’s legs leave a beautiful trail of water I call the “energy trail.” It is like the vapor trail left behind a jet as it travels through the sky.
In Water Dance you will see dancers in beautiful settings. These settings have inspired the dancers to extraordinary levels of artistry. Even though dancers are not morning people, when they experience the beautiful light of sunrise on the ocean they cannot help but be moved to perform beyond their self imposed limits. And perform they do, whether in a mountain river, a lake at dawn, or on an ocean beach.
I hope you enjoy Water Dance as much as the dancers and I enjoyed making it!
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