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Pacific Ocean. This was a Migratory meditation in the Spring of 2013 culminating in the June 15th Global Water Dance event on the Santa Barbara Channel. Water bodies included the Pacific Ocean (Santa Barbara Channel) and in British Columbia: the Strait of Georgia, Von Donop Inlet, and Desolation Sound.
Mary Lee Sanders
Santa Barbara Channel, on the water. Migrating locations for ambient shoreline audience, and those on the water.
Time of day for performance
Afternoon into night
History of site and related water issues
Our issues of focus are those that relate to the health and wellbeing of marine life in the ocean off our coastline. As a result of pollutants in the marine environment, the dolphins are experiencing lesions and other stresses. We are dancing for the health and protection of cetaceans and all marine life immersed in these Pacific waters. The dolphins are a celebrated icon of our city, and we dance for the restoration of their pristine waters.
Recordings of whalesong, ambient water sounds (water gourds.)
Mary Lee Sanders’s GWD contribution was part of her larger project, Wolfwalks and Waterdances (a dance odyssey), “a tandem migranting movement meditation for, and with, Nature.” On June 15, she danced at several sites near Santa Barbara, California, moving with fishermen, beachwalkers, an egret, hummingbirds, crows, and a hawk. At the Harbor Seal Rookery, Mary Lee “watched them [the seals] leap and play in the surf, steal kisses from one another, return with friends. When I completed my dance, they danced for me. Not anthropomorphism…this was exhilarating communion and exchange!”
See the document below for a full account of the intentions and outcomes of Sanders’s project:
WolfWalks and WaterDances incl. Global Water Dances 2013
Directions to site of the performance
On June 15h the “site” was migrating on the water, visible from many shoreline sites and water vessels.
Existing sites in May, where the migrating solo piece has already been danced include; Lagoon Island labyrinth in Isla Vista (Santa Barbara, California),and in British Columbia’s Discovery Islands: Tsa-Wa-Lu-Ten beach petroglyphs on Quadra Island, and then on Cortes Island, the beaches of: Smelt Bay, Manson’s Landing, the beach at Von Donop inlet from Kla-hoose trail,and on the water in a canoe on Desolation Sound, near Squirrel Bay.
Other resources and links
POD, Protect Our Dolphins
TerraMar Research, POD project
Raincoast Conservation Foundation