Choreography / Dance and Performance Art by Holly Seeley and collaborating dance artists. Expanding the sensory experience in dance. Awakening a spirit of playful engagement and enjoyment of our physical world.
Classes and rehearsals take place on the beach in Los Angeles. Performances are sand-specific and take place on the shore. The Sand Dance Project goes beyond site-specificity. It is a texture-specific practice. The beach is an expansive, and reactive dance floor. Natural light, fresh air, and the pliable surface is a sensory experience unlike a studio or theater setting. Even before the ravages of Covid-19, Sand Dance Project bypassed rituals of location and confinement. Now, in the midst of a pandemic, congregating and dancing outdoors is a solution, a remedy, and a necessity.
The sand offers a different tactile experience from a traditional dance floor surface (texture to sense, use, manipulate, and with which to experiment).
Sand becomes a design component in real time. Tracks of body movements are seen in the reactive, manipulable surface.
With online performances and free beach classes SDP brings meditative, healing programming to a community experiencing a public health crisis.
Aerial camera drones offer a fresh perspective for dance film. This top-down view gives a two dimensional feel, displays tracks in the sand; the traces of motion from the tips of fingers to the flicks of toes. Post modern contemporary floor work is viewed from a new vantage point.
Virtual platforms and communities have become a lifeline for many. With theaters shuttered and live performances being cancelled, SDP is uniquely poised to continue impacting local and digital communities as we always set out to do.