Last week we packed up our gear, left the city smog and spent a full week on residency at Mount Tremper Arts in the Catskill Mountains. It was a beautiful week. The leaves were just starting to change colors and we practically had the entire place to ourselves. What a gift for an artist and a group of people collaborating together with the aim of creating something special!
Each day our creative process included anything from meditating together in a lofted cove, dancing and exploring movement qualities, hiking in the woods and getting in touch with nature, singing games, bodywork and massages, wild improvisations, cooking elborate meals together with fresh veggies & herbs from the garden, to dance parties in the kitchen. Each artist also shared something of their particular talents with the group, creating a collaborative atmosphere that crosses the boundaies of dance, theater, music and multimedia. It was a real pleasure for me to get to experience what each of these talented artistis can bring to the table.
Almost half way through the week... something very funny happened considering our topic of research. The water shut off! For an entire day, we went without running water and had to plan for ways to function without it. As a result, we became very very very clear that water is an important and necessary resource!
And so many many seeds were planted, ideas shared, movement qualities explored, songs sung and stories were written... that will become the "breeding ground" so to speak for the full production of WETLANDS coming next February 22 & 23rd, 2013. Special thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all the kickstarter supporters and donations that made this residency possible!
In the photos:
Thea Little, Rene Kladzyk, Elisa Vazquez, Karen Harvey and Jordan Chlapecka.
Photos by: Jordan Chlapecka