Roberts theater, Saint Andrew’s school
Date and Time:
June 24, 2017 at 2:15pm
Saint Andrew’S pond and Atlantic Ocean
Nicole Perry is a dancer, choreographer, actor and director. She is a choreographer/director at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, where she teaches dance and drama. She is a former resident choreographer of Hedgerow Theatre (Philadelphia) and the Miami Children’s Theater. This is her first production at Lake Worth Playhouse. She volunteers with the Broward Teen ARTrepreneurs. Nicole is an PhD candidate in Spirituality and the Arts at Ocean Seminary.
History of Site and Related Water Issues:
Saint Andrew’s has its own pond, used for biology field work, as well as recreation. Additionally, we are less than 30min from the ocean. Florida has a high water table. That and our proximity to the ocean causes much concern about flooding.
I had students reflect on water issues and uses in their lives. The themes that came up were: pollution (10-11yr) and sea level rise (12-16yr).
The music is an excerpt from Ezio Bosso’s symphony “Oceans”. Very fitting.
Our performance is part of the culmination of our 3-week summer dance intensive. This was the students’ modern performance. It started with a phrase of movement I created a year ago inspired by a sculpture of a wave. The students then wrote about water and its role in their lives. Using their writings, they created movement phrases and taught them to their classmates. I used elements of these phrases in the final choreography I created.
We had 6 10-11 year olds and 5 12-16 year olds in the final performance.
They are wearing blue and grey dance dresses to symbolize both clean and dirty water. The dirty to us meant both pollution and the floods we frequently experience here after rain because of Florida’s high water table.
The title of the dance is “Sometimes”, which came from the poem one of our students wrote as her water reflection.
The audience was introduced to our piece by viewing a video of the Global Water dance and hearing a recording of the poem.
I truly believe this piece will make a difference because it has caused thoughtfulness in an approach to water for our students. These young women are much more aware of water and water issues based on our class discussions and their reflections. These young women will be impacted by sea level rise, because of their location. They now will share their concerns with their families.
Directions to the Site of Performance:
From FL Turnpike- Glades Rd/808 East to Jog Rd. Left on Jog. Right into Saint Andrew’s School. Use the left lane to check in at the security hut. They will direct you to the theatre.
From 95- Glades Rd/808 West to Jog Rd. Right on Jog. Right into Saint Andrew’s School. Use the left lane to check in at the security hut. They will direct you to the theatre.
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