Dog Dance gives space for the noise to quiet a bit as the remembering of a body unfolds.
The remembering happens slowly, extremely slowly, and with breath.
Gravity, and your own relationship to it, may or may not become weighty.
The cellular structure of your own body may or may not begin to re-imagine itself.
The internal investigation of the deepest parts of the body may or may not stir a longing in you to investigate your own unraveling.
When I perform Dog Dance, either as a soloist, or with a group, I find a world in my body that is underneath the mud, but that is also flying.
I invite you into this world, in hopes that you too will get a chance to burrow in, and then hover and float, just above the earth.
Dog Dance breaks down stereotypes and expectations of who gets to take up space, where.
It's a dance that waits, until a ripple of something starts, and then three hands reach up and out, at the exact same time.
It's a dance where bodies spill into space...the weight of those bodies..spilling and spilling and spilling.
It's a dance that tugs a little, at the thread of how to be in the world.
Of how to engage.
Of how to connect.
Of how to inhabit space and occupy time.
Of how to listen and follow closely to that listening.
“Dog Dance is the kind of performance where the act of simply witnessing changes something in my cells. It serves as a kind of mirror. A return to wholeness. An opportunity to let in what stretches just beyond the frame. a reminder of what I have carried with me all along.” — Laura Ann Samuelson
“It’s nothing and it’s everything.” — Alexis Miles
“It’s a different pace of living we are encountering…as audience members we are slowing down so that we can meet ourselves.” — Helen Turner
"Should I interact with you, so that you know that I care?" -- Participant at The Americans for the Arts Convention, waiting in line for lunch
"Dog Dance..it's like the sky. It's a very loving thing." -- Nancy Ruff
Dog Dance was performed for many months, as a solo, the 3rd Friday of every month at Floorspace Movement Studios in Boulder, with conceptual and directorial guidance from Andrew Marcus.
I’m getting ready to perform it again as a solo, up at my house in Jamestown, CO.
Dog Dance is also a site-specific work, with 12 dancers or more, performing in everyday spaces.
Most recently, a group of us performed Dog Dance at The Denver Art Museum as part of their Untitled Fridays Series in January, and at The Americans for the Arts Annual Convention at the Hyatt Hotel in Denver this past June.