"SiteTime" opened with Scene One: Slumping October 6, 2017, followed by "Falling" February 2, 2018. The next event to be staged in the garden is "Breathing" May 11, 2018. The final event, "Sharing," will happen in August 2019.
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.
Entering Tree Time
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
Us fueling the tree
In tree time rhythm.
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 slipping through
falling into long bottomless seas
falling into love
tears falling into love
As the sap begins to flow more and more to produce the leaves for the trees to breathe our blood will increase flow and our breathing will strengthen and find a steady pace.
Three wheelbarrows will cycle through the Sculpture Garden during the event. One always being filled by one laborer stationed at the slump pile while two others cycle to each pile location depositing the wood.
The footprint left by the slump pile references the continuity of the cyclical process relevant to cordwood. The absence of the wood echoed by the pole and the bark circle is the indicator of the previous cycle and the theoretical one to come in the next season. Sculpturally, the footprint speaks to the traditions of making sculpture where additive and subtractive processes are concerned. We have conceptually equated the cordwood process and its additive and subtractive process to that of an artist in the studio, chipping away at a block of stone or assembling lengths of steel through welding.
Our limbs allow us to support ourselves and reach out. Tree limbs give us air to breathe. Limbs, breath, the mutualistic and cyclical relationship between humans and trees is highlighted and celebrated with this performance.
The dancers will 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. This process put the stereotypes of what each gender is capable of and what strength training means on its head. Hopefully this inspires the viewer to branch out and explore untapped strength and what connecting and supporting each other can be.