This video explores the story behind the dance component of StreamLines. On September 24, 2015, more than 100 members of the Butler Ballet performed Riverrun, a site-specific dance choreographed by Butler University Dance Professor Cynthia Pratt for the StreamLines project. This dance was part of the programming for the project’s launch and performed in Holcomb Gardens on the campus of Butler University. The site-specific art invites the community to learn, explore and experience the science of Indianapolis' water systems.
Riverrun brings to life scientific concepts and concerns about human intervention of the waterways in Indianapolis. The dance takes the audience on a journey of the water. While the dance did have a beginning, middle and end, it was structured as an installation, where audience members could walk around the area, exploring each image fully in their own time and have discussion.
The proximity of the audience to the dancers gave onlookers the feeling that they were part of the performance rather than just observers. The overriding goal of the dance was to convey that we are part of our environment rather than separate from it, and whatever impacts the waterways greatly affects our lives.
The original live performance is divided into six parts for online audiences.
Part 1 - Rainstorm/Overflow - vimeo.com/167134419
Part 2 - Fall Creek - vimeo.com/167134418
Part 3 - Central Canal - vimeo.com/167134417
Part 4 - Pogue’s Run - vimeo.com/167140036
Part 5 - Pleasant Run - vimeo.com/167134422
Part 6 - White River Watershed - vimeo.com/167140038