glacial erratics is a body of research and form of ceremony that allows space for embodiments of care, kinship, grief, and rebellion with and for the more-than-human world. glacial erratics focuses specifically on the transformation of glacial ice and its retreating existence from our planet. glacial erratics offers viewers space to consider their relationship to longer-than-human time scales and asks how we bear witness to that which is being lost in a changing climate. It asks how dancing for more-than-human life is a way to remember, re-encounter, and embody a futurity that is yet to be known.
The piece is intended to be performed as a 75-minute long solo outside at a site that is geologically significant to the path of the Laurentide ice sheet, who carved the lands of the northeast 20,000 years ago. 75-minutes marks the time it took for the longest calving event recorded to occur; masses of ice being witnessed, parting. This is to acknowledge that we are losing extraordinary life on this planet, and that to move forward, we have to remember and care for what wisdom we are losing with the loss of glaciers.
glacial erratics honors the existence of more-than-human origin stories, and how beings like glaciers shape the ground beneath our feet. It also focuses on what can live inside the aftermath of decay, what emerges from the rubble left behind. It honors listening through the ground, becoming loyal to it; the body as conduit; listening for the hum of the world. Dance as a form of remediation, healing, and survival.
this iteration of glacial erratics / echo dune was performed at SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine. Filmed by Thalassa Raasch. Sound composed by Jake Meginksy.