This Saturday, July 14th from 1-3pm, catch AXIS dancers & guest performers for falling up, a new site-specific work by Sonsherée Giles utilizing the beautiful garden to connect art with landscape.
This is Sonsherée’s third year choreographing for the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and we were curious about this particular piece:
What is exciting about this year’s outdoor piece?
SG: The group of dancers are mature, experienced and sophisticated. I am able to do lots of experimenting with the structure of the dance and challenge the dancers to explore greater degrees of subtly and complexity.
You’ve choreographed two other outdoor pieces for YBGF, what has been different about making this piece?
SG: This piece is the first piece that does not use concrete or any hard surfaces. We are on soft grassy surface the whole time which allows for a different quality of movement and risk taking that some people might be apprehensive to explore otherwise.
AXIS fans and supporters have the opportunity to dance alongside AXIS company members, how does it feel to ‘grow the company’ for this project?
SG: I enjoy working with lots of people, it is fun and allows for new options. I can design the space and magnify the dance in a way that is just not possible with only 6 dancers. I can keep it simple by having the whole mass doing the same thing or layer it with lots of people doing different things. Many of the dancers have worked with me before so that adds a richness and knowledge, allowing the whole process to deepen and flow.
Photos: AXIS Dance Company performing in the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 2011. Photography by Megan Wolfe.