Interactive dance piece for Deliquescent Design dance troup
2010 Performances at the New York Fringe Festival and at “In a Time of Change: Envisioning the Future” Fairbanks, AK
During the summer of 2010 I worked with the dance troup, Deliquescent Designs, to create this thirty foot diameter dance piece assembled from over 200 yards of silk organza. Using Procion MX dyes and a low-water immersion technique, I dyed it to resemble black and green lichens growing on a white rock.
The dance troupe used it in their performances at the NY Fringe Festival in August 2012 and at “In a Time of Change: Envisioning the Future” in Fairbanks, AK, September 2010. The dance performed with this piece depicted the stages of methane gas as is transforms through its elemental stages of earth (trapped in permafrost underlying arctic ponds), water (released into arctic pond when permafrost thaws), air (released into the atmosphere), and fire (as a greenhouse gas that promotes climate warming). Photos were taken by Dennis McKinley at the NY Fringe Festival and are being used with permission by dancer Mary Beth Leigh.