Figures in the Field II

Dance On Water. Photo by Jim Self.

Year: 2016-2017
DanceForce Member: Jim Self
Artists: Rik Daniels, Lindsay Gilmour, Jeanne Goddard, Jim Self, Steven Stull, Adam Weinert
Community Partners: Cayuga Water Music Festival; Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County; Community School of Music and Arts; Cornell University; QRS Barn, Ithaca; Spring Writes Literary Fest; Triphammer Arts
Audience: 430
County: Tompkins

Figures in the Field II represented three different points of view with activities starting in Summer 2016 and continuing through Spring 2017.

Part 1 was a site specific dance and music event featuring mini performances in and along the canals leading to Ithaca’s Cayuga Lake (a New York finger lake). Created and directed by choreographer Jeanne Goddard and musician Steve Stull, it was sponsored by Cayuga Waterfront Trail’s annual “Water Music” Festival. Audiences viewed the performers from multiple positions along the trail as well as from boats, kayaks and canoes in the water. The event took place on Friday August 19, 2016 with 10 local dancers and choreographers performing. This afternoon in late Summer was a beautiful moment in the season, and drew 250 spectators.

Part 2 featured the work of guest artist Adam Weinert of Hudson, NY. Adam presented a solo excerpt of his work “Monument” at the CRS Barn Choreographer Showcase on August 29, 2016. On October 20, 2016 Adam also presented a lecture demonstration at Cornell University including several Ted Shawn reconstructions and duet excerpts from “Monument.” Additionally, Adam created a digital performance event with students using an interactive “application” he developed which allows participants to access site specific videos suing digital triggers embedded in specific physical locations.

Part 3 was an exploration of the relationships and pairings of movement and words. Local performing artists Lindsay Gilmour and Rik Daniels joined dance/performance artist Jim Self, and presented a performance on May 7, 2017.Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County sponsored the performance as part of its annual “Spring Writes Literary Festival.” This was a new partnership and the first time dance performance was included in the festival.