One day last spring a group from the Lane Dance Company got together and conceived of a project to work on over the summer. They decided to make it about the beautiful place they call home. “Land” is a multimedia live dance performance, fusing elements of live music, prerecorded video and dancing with live dancers and sound effects.
Like all projects it began as a seed, a grain of sand in the palm of a hand, before it grew into the deep blues and blacks lighting the stage for the performance of “Land.” A live piano accompanied the sound of ocean waves crashing onto the shore along with a video of two dancers in a seaside cave.
They moved as shadows, morphing into one and then splitting again into two. Their eight limbs snaked across the screen as the ocean roared behind them. Their performance was an odyssey across Lane county from empty industrial lots and fields to smokey woods and to the sand dunes that flank the shore.
It was a celebration of the diversity of terrain in Lane county and the people who call it home. Each piece in the performance was modular and was developed in a couple of days in small groups. Each dancer brought something unique to the table, from preferences to environments, to their sensitivity to allergens or preferences of soundscapes.
When asked after the performance in an FAQ, many of the dancers said that their favourite environment to dance in was the sand dunes and on the beach in the waves.
“It was powerful and unique the way they combined the elements,” Kelly Roberts, Lane student and dance major said. Traditionally dance performances combine live dance with prerecorded music but “Land” put that convention on it’s head. Live music and prerecorded dancing projected onto a screen were used frequently alongside the live dancers and light effects.
Sarah Nemecek, artistic director and choreographer, along with Ian Coronado, multi media artist and John Watson, photographer and videographer, with Mel Stark, electronic composer and Matt Svoboda composer and musician for dance, collaborated on Land to explore the parallels in the external environment and ourselves.
Proceeds from the show will go towards LCC scholarships for Fall term for the students who performed in the concert.