Talvi Valo (Winter Light) 2012, a dance for ten women is inspired by my recent trip to Helsinki, Finland where I experienced the quiet and minimal light of January. The Finnish dancers inspired me with their deep focus, playfulness and gorgeous presence. Upon my return to the states I created and performed two solo pieces Sliver and Envi. The solos were created through body reflections of Finland inside my improvisation practice.
Talvi Valo (Winter Light) explores visibility, liquidity and time and extracts Sliver and Envi phrase material. The dance is developed with the intent of exploring a community ensemble with windows for solos, duets, trios and quartet voices. I feel this dance brings a little bit of Finland state side. I would love for the Finns to meet the American dancers one day.
This video offers a glimpse of this new work during a tech rehearsal. The work will premiere on November 15, 2012 at Rose L. Strasser Studio, The College at Brockport.
Choreography: Mariah Maloney
Performers: Jenna Ellis, Kara Foote, Catherine Gesford, Christina Gorman, Lauren Saint-Louis, Chelsea Spraker, Rachel Thome, Xiao Wang, Jennifer Helft, Meghan McGuire
Costume Design: Emma Scholl