Archive September 2016
WPTZ Channel 3 news: A lesson on the lake
For Art Hop, A Dancer Explores Liminality At The Edge Of Lake Champlain
By MARY WILLIAMS • SEP 8, 2016
Erika Senft Miller is a dancer and choreographer who draws inspiration from specific sites and incorporates them into to her performances.
As an arts educator and steward of the land and the lake, Senft Miller has chosen to stage her latest site-specific piece at the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center on Burlington’s waterfront.
She’ll act as a conductor of sorts, orchestrating a multi-sensory performance with more than 40 artists and dozens of moving parts at this weekend’s 24th Annual SEABA South End ArtHOP.
The piece is meant to touch on a concept Senft Miller uses often; that of liminality, or that ambiguous place between the stages of a ritual. She describes it as, “The time or place where you are too far in to return, yet not far enough to see where you will arrive.”
How the South End Art Hop Makes It Work
Community Sailing Center, 234 Penny Lane
The South End Art Hop is generally confined to, well, the South End. But this year, Erika Senft Miller is attempting to expand those boundaries by drawing crowds to the Community Sailing Center on the Burlington waterfront.
“Between Land & Water” is a collaborative, site-specific performance featuring choreography of multiple movers on land and lake. Roxanne Scully of WND&WVS will lead dancers on paddleboards. Other groups, directed by local choreographers, will be stationed on the retaining wall, dock and other features of the sailing center.
Composer Matt LaRocca, along with area musicians and the South Burlington Community Chorus, will provide the soundtrack to the evening. Expect them, too, to appear in unexpected places.