Chisa Hidaka, director of "Together: Dancing with Spinner Dolphins" speaks about the Dolphin Dance Project and communicating with wild dolphins through dance.
This clip features Chisa Hidaka (speaker and dancer), Erzsi Palko (dancer) and wild Atlantic Spotted Dolphins and Pacific Spinner Dolphins. Underwater videography by Bryce Groark, Brett LeMaster, Loui Terrier, Benjamin Harley and Chisa Hidaka. Produced and edited by Benjamin Harley.
Video of the interview and sample clip of contact improvisation filmed by Sanford Lewis and provided courtesy of his 'Contact Improvisation: An Intimate Dance' production (for more information, visit facebook.com/contactimprovonscreen )
If you would like to support future productions of the Dolphin Dance Project including a full length dance film and documentary, please visit our Donate page (dolphin-dance.org/dolphin-dance/Donate.html). Donations of $50 or more will receive a DVD of our debut film, 'Together' and our heartfelt thanks.
To see 'Together: Dancing with Spinner Dolphins,' please visit dolphin-dance.org/together
Dolphin Dance Project works only with wild dolphins. Dolphins are not rewarded or coerced by anything other than their own curiosity and joy to interact with intelligent, playful members of another species - just like the human dancer. Recognizing that we are guests in the dolphins' environment, the filmmakers followed a strict code of etiquette. There is never any attempt to interact if dolphins were resting or showed any sign of annoyance or disinterest.
To learn more about the threats faced by wild dolphins, please visit our Protect page: dolphin-dance.org/protect