Dog Dance is a performance that I’ve been working on for the past couple of years. I do it as a solo sometimes, and also as a group piece, as seen above, in public spaces.
I keep coming back to Dog Dance because I want to, hope to, give 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 become weighty.
Dog Dance is 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 and connect. Of how to listen, and follow closely to that listening.
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 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.
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.