'Like Water From a Stone' was shot in southwestern Norway during the summer of 2013. The title, a play on the English idiom 'like blood from a stone,' refers to the difficulty of extracting either oil from the undersea deposits on the continental shelf, which underpin much of the Norwegian economy today, or a living from the rocky Norwegian land and unruly North Sea, as was the norm before oil was discovered. 'Like Water From a Stone' plays out some of the histories and myths of this pre-oil period on a roughly geological timeline, drawing from some of the imagery of the Romantic Nationalist painters and using several sites marked by the German occupation of Norway, and concludes by arriving in the post-oil space: an urban playground in Stavanger, constructed from pieces of old oil rigs. The genius locus or embodied spirit of place was the animating force for performances, which were improvised onsite by local artists and dancers collaborating with performer/choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly. The choral score by Qasim Naqvi was inspired by ambient sound recorded during filming and performed by two choirs and three soloists. Conceived & directed by Mariam Ghani & Erin Ellen Kelly, camera & editing by Ghani, choreography by Kelly, performed by Kelly, Ghani, Ingeborg Kvame, Lene Aareskjold, Elena Redaelli, Amy Mackie, and Kenneth Varpe. Score performed by the NYU Women's Choir and NYU University Singers with soloists Bisan Toron, Areni Agbabian, and Aaron Roche. Commissioned & produced by the Rogaland Kunstsenter, with finishing funds from NYSCA EMF.