Performing water: Site-specific dance-making as liquid art
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
© 2020 Intellect Ltd Article. The Remnant Dance Project, Culaccini, developed site-specific dance movement in response to the waters of the Taleggio Valley, Italy, during the Nature, Art and Habitat Residency (NAHR) (2018). The intention was to respond to the Enna River system through documenting dance movement made in the region via film, photography and reflective writing. The practice-led research process was shared on the daily blog, ‘The drop of the day’. At the close of the NAHR, a short dance film, Performing Water, was made to further interrogate the nature of site-specific dance-making in water and the notion of what constitutes ‘site-dance’ in this context. In our journey of water-dance discovery, unique marks have remained on each other, the site and on things we have made, like the traces of a water vessel: culaccini. The dance made for the project was immersive and focused, constructed to invite interpretation through the use of symbolism and imagery.