Marylee Hardenbergh, assisted by Jordan Hart. Marylee Hardenbergh has been creating site-specific dances on the Mississippi River since 1985. She is the Artistic Director of Global Water Dances and of Global Site Performance. Her site dance work has taken her around the world and comprises a chapter in the book SITE DANCE.
Stone Arch Bridge
Time of day for performance
History of site and related water issues
The Upper St. Anthony Falls tumble over the biggest drop along the entire Mississippi River. This is both a site sacred to the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations and the birthplace of the City of Minneapolis, where early residents used the power of the falls for lumber and grain milling. The major water issue here is the Non-Point Source Pollution, or run-off from fertilizers and pesticides draining into the river creating the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
The indigenous section is an Honor Song by A.J. Redman written to acknowledge and thank the four sacred directions. The local music, written especially for this specific site of river mile 859, is by J. David Moore, and captures the heart of the Twin Cities community.
The audience stands on the Stone Arch Bridge and watches as the surrounding river corridor comes to life with color and rhythm. Dancers appear atop urban buildings on both sides of the river, in kayaks and over the mitre doors of the lock and dam. At the end of the performance, a 1200-foot long piece of blue fabric is let out along the bridge, and audience members run to “help hold the river”.
Directions to site of the performance
The Stone Arch Bridge is approached from the downtown Minneapolis side at West River Road and Portland Avenue; from the east side of the river, the approach is from 6th Avenue SE and Main Street. The site is wheelchair accessible.