If Wind Now, 2011
Working with choreographer and dancer Sarah Baumert, wind data from Walden Pond gathered across a century and a half (Thoreau’s almanac and Weather Underground) was danced at five exurban locations in Northeastern Massachusetts, where nature is contained in narrow strips of highway meridians and beautiful vistas terminate on asphalt. The performances were filmed one chilly October at dawn resulting in a series of five short films.
Notes on choreographing
by Sarah Baumert
In performing and creating if wind now, Sarah translates the material created in Jane Marsching’s image sets into her own physical and empathetic response to the environment. Her bodily trajectory is designed using the data sets comprised of wind direction and force.
Each short piece starts with the feet anchored to the ground, yet the spine and limbs free to waver with the suggestions of the actual wind. The body, it’s quality, grace, and lack of grace presents itself similar to a stray piece of paper afloat and suspended in air during a windy day. Working along side gravity, the weight of the muscles and joints, and the breath, Sarah finds oppositional pulls in the body to exhibit the current of the wind. The force and direction of the wind is demonstrated at times with the body as a whole, but more frequently it can be seen with a part of the body, an edge of a limb and the falling of the spine off a vertical center.
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Brant Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2012
Space Gallery, Portland, ME, 2012
Transit Gallery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2013