A Symphony Of Bodies And Water

A Symphony Of Bodies And Water

News Type: State Source: Mountain Journal
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Beneath the slanting, low sun, in a field curled against the bend of the East Gallatin River near Bozeman, we sit, held in the cupped palm of a somehow modern, somehow ancient, amphitheater. The mirror-like steel posts angle outward and we, the audience snug on our seats, wait.

 

Forty-nine performers, each one connected to the waters of the valley and dressed in black, take their chairs slowly. They shrug their shoulders, stand up and then lower themselves again, not in unison, but in a syncopated motion that brings to mind the warm up of an orchestra. The concentrated, silent cacophony of unstiffening bodies anticipating yet absorbed in their own deliberate stories.

 

Fingers on laps, quickly tapping. Opening hands in front of faces. Arms raised in thanks. Legs crossed and uncrossed. Some divide the hot summer air as if they are swimming. Others raise their arms overhead like divers.