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SiteTime Events

"SiteTime" opened with Scene One: Slumping October 6, 2017, followed by "Falling" February 2, 2018 and "Breathing" May 11, 2018.

Scene One: Slumping

Directed by Erika Senft Miller. Developed and performed in collaboration with dancers Holly Chagnon, Mireya Guerra, Sage Horsey, Mia Pinheiro, Lydia Kern, and Navah Stein.

poem by Erika Senft Miller

Seemingly still on the outside,
Cellular and fluids — lots of movement —
   continuously pumping, flowing, rippling within the tree
In tree time rhythm.
Photosynthesis - a mutual exchange
Give and take
In tree time rhythm
Tapping sweet sap in spring - boiling down to maple syrup
Fueling us
Us fueling the tree
In tree time rhythm.

Scene Two: Falling

A site-specific performance presented by Erika Senft Miller and dancers.

Dancers move along a projected fall line, representing the action from standing to falling to the ground. Michael Zebrowski performs a standard preparation task — planning to fell a tree using a felling ax. Documentation from Scene One  is projected from the balcony onto the ground and visitor center as sound, light, and lasers support and amplify the actions in the garden.

poem by Erika Senft Miller | photo by Lydia Kern

Tears dripping
catching
gripping
tears slipping through
falling
falling into long bottomless seas
falling into love
tears falling into love

Scene Three: Breathing

A site-specific performance presented by Erika Senft Miller and dancers.

Dancers interact with bands draped over the tree branches, having gained through rehearsal a new understanding of what our body is capable of doing when we show up and work hard, beyond fear and doubts. Hopefully, the viewer is inspired to branch out and explore untapped strength and what connecting and supporting each other can be.

poem by Erika Senft Miller | photo by Renee Greenlee

Felled trees get limbed
Artists reach out to connect
People lending a hand to support
Endurance and strength is tested
How much can we hold
How long can we hold on
Breath at the core of it all
In it for the long haul.