"Over Pogue's Run" is an excerpt from Riverrun Revisited, a site-specific dance performed by more than 100 members of the Butler Ballet and choreographed by Butler University Dance Professor Cynthia Pratt.
This dance was performed at Brookside Park in Indianapolis during September 2016 and expands upon Riverrun, the original dance performed for StreamLines. Both dances bring to life scientific concepts and concerns of the waterways in Indianapolis.
This excerpt features poetry commissioned for StreamLInes by Catherine Bowman and dialog by StreamLines Collaborator Mark Kesling explaining the history of Pogue's Run.
Pogue’s Run travels though Indianapolis’ Near Eastside neighborhoods from Brookside Park and goes underground at New York Street, underneath the city and drains into the White River across from the Kentucky Avenue Bridge.
“In this section, I was working with the idea of the city being built on top of the waterway, so I worked with the idea of dancers moving over, under, around and through one another. Groups of dancers did movements that created negative space for other dancers to slither through underneath them, other groups formed structures over dancers moving close to the ground, illustrating how water will always find a way to flow through an area,” explained Pratt.
As Indianapolis expanded, Pogue’s Run destroyed the orderliness city planner Alexander Ralston envisioned for Indianapolis. The section that ran through South Meridian Street was labeled “a source of pestilence.” Laden with mosquitoes, it flooded regularly and gave off a foul odor, presumably due to sewage and industrial pollution. In 1915, the city finished construction of a massive tunnel burying the path of Pogue’s Run that ran from New York Street to the White River.