Seattle parks become stages for pop-up dance performances


It took some getting used to. Dance films aren’t new, but for many choreographers and dancers, working in a new medium and in new places (mostly outdoors) has changed their usual processes.

For The only thing you see now dancers Miles Pertl and Leah Terada (who live together and could therefore dance safely as a duet) arabesques on the edge of a rickety Alki boat dock rocked by the waves, bending over but never falling into it. In the pas de deux physically but not emotionally distant The space between us, Pantastico and Moore attempt to connect through the windows of the Mbar rooftop restaurant, gesturing to either side (Moore, for his part, out in the rain).

It was a strange experience, says Pantastico, to have to take take after take, to feel the eye of the camera up close, instead of being watched by members of the audience in the dark.

But, “in life, change is inevitable. Some changes are forced on you and you just have to adapt, ”explains Pantastico. “We just have to keep going, keep thinking, keep pushing, keep embracing things that are out of our comfort zone. This is the only way we are going to survive.

Pantastico hopes Continuum: bridging the gap is a start, maybe even a model for large dance organizations to emulate. “We’re waiting for bigger companies to take action like this and do things a little more creative outside the box,” she says. “I hope that will happen, because I don’t see us going back to the theater for a very long time.”


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