The Water is Clear and Still, Liss Fain Dance
"The Water is Clear and Still" interweaves Fain's imagistic, non-narrative choreography and her love of literature, through the spoken text of Kincaid's stories. "The dance and the literature amplify and illuminate each other," explains Fain. "The actor makes the images and emotions of the stories palpable. The text becomes a musical score for me. I use the cadences, images and feeling of the stories in creating movement. [Kincaid's] writing is filled with striking images that can be strange, unsettling and also soothing. The choreography fluctuates as unpredictably as the text."
"The Water is Clear and Still" was created as a collaborative effort, featuring Fain as choreographer; the company's six dancers; Val Sinckler, a San Francisco actor with a background in dance who has worked with We Players, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and Stanford Summer Theater; Dan Wool, composer of the immersive sound environment; installation and lighting designer Matthew Antaky; costume designer Mary Domenico; and projection designer Frédéric Boulay.
Liss Fain Dance tours nationally and internationally with work for proscenium stages and performance installations. Fain's performance installations have been presented at art galleries, libraries, unusual architectural structures, non-proscenium venues and theaters. "I want people to experience performance installations in places that they normally frequent," Fain says, "to make them excited and enriched, in an everyday setting, by dance and performance and literature."
Liss Fain's work ranges from pure dance pieces to collaborations with composers, lighting and set designers, videographers, actors and technologists. The company's performance installations bring the audience inside the set and close to the performers. Non-narrative, highly physical and emotionally resonant, Fain's work fuses modern dance's forceful energy with the kinetic precision of ballet. Since its founding in Boston in 1988, Liss Fain Dance has premiered over 45 works by Ms. Fain and collaborated with individuals and organizations that include MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies, The Exploratorium and The Apple Multimedia Lab. The company has performed and taught at festivals and venues in Poland, Germany, Belarus, Russia and the UK as well as colleges, universities, festivals and presenting organizations in the US. For more information, call Liss Fain Dance at (415) 380-9433, or visit www.lissfaindance.org.
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