On a perfect New England almost summer day, Skyloom Sacred Dance Group hosted and participated in “Global Water Dances”. This bold visionary artistic initiative focuses on the critical need for safe drinking water. The program was founded by award winning choreographer Marylee Hardenbergh in 2012. Dances start in countries around the Pacific Rim and roll westward through time zones performing at 5 PM local time.
We danced on the grass within the old stone foundation ruin at the Old Manse adjacent to the Concord River. The greenery glowed and the river sparkled after several previous days of heavy blessed rain.
“CreationDance” under the direction of Helena Froehlich opened the program with a striking warrior dance that flowed into abstract images of water in all of its different forms. Intergenerational dancers with billowing silks accompanied by live cello music soothed and uplifted the audience.
Next, Jane Finlay invited all to join in a beautiful Sufi circle dance titled “The Ocean Refuses No River”. Audience members and dancers held hands as we felt the flow of love and acceptance circulating through our bodies as we sang and danced.
“Intimations” dance group under the direction of Jessica Muise presented a water dance inspired by Jessica’s time living in South Africa. The dancers performed in silence with strength, determination, fluidity and deep connection to the earth.
The program closed as Skyloom danced with bright aqua water urns to the poetry of Thomas Locker’s “Water Dance” narrated by Patricia Collins. The dance ended with all the dancers and observers processing through an orchard to a path that led to the Concord River and the Old North Bridge. There Skyloom sang and danced “Moving Mysteries” the official theme song of the Sacred Dance Guild. We ceremoniously poured water from our urns into the river blessing the water and anointing this sacred place, the birthplace of American independence. There were many smiles, hugs and teary eyes as we lingered on the bridge in friendship and appreciation for the beautiful river flowing beneath us. We left cradling our concern and commitment in our hearts as conservers and advocates for clean water for all.
Skyloom & Elaine Sisler
CreationDance & Intimations