I've also written a little more about the song on my regular blog.
So, finally -- some footage from our Re:Vision shows in NYC!
In adding the live singing to this dance, I wanted to move through the central space sometimes and not always stay on the edge, but I didn't want to distract too much from what the dancers were doing. So I waited until they had danced for quite some time before I entered, and performed as a statue singing onstage and only occasionally drifting through the action. Overall I felt this worked well with the dance. The Tank stage wasn't very big and I was a little challenged trying to keep my feet from getting snarled up in the fabric, so I don't really like how I'm walking here! I would try to find a better solution for that next time. The dancers all did a great job and, since they used the side walls often, the stage didn't seem as small as I had feared even though we had 6 dancers on it plus myself.
Having the dancers "write on the parchment" background was an idea that came at the last minute, but I felt it added a strong layer and would definitely want to include that in future performances in theater spaces. Next time I would get the projection to show as portrait rather than landscape, though. We also changed the ending of the dance after this performance, just in a small way, by having a few of the dancers hesitate and then come straggling offstage after the rest of us. I don't really like how we exit in one big clump in this video; it works better to have a few stragglers, which is how we did it on Saturday.
This was my favorite of the two performances, so I posted it even though my camera was a little crooked!
Performed by: Loren Groenendaal, Lacy James, Rebekah J. Kennedy, Kumiko Nasu, Virginia Pedicord, Katherine Kiefer Stark, Barbara Tait
"Spirit of 76 (song for We the People)" credits:
Lyrics, music, vocals, cellos, electronics: Lacy James
Cover design: Mereminne Productions
Lacy James photo used by kind permission of Bill Hebert
Liberty Bell photo used by kind permission of Tony the Misfit through Creative Commons