About the Archive

Live Dancing Archive

Live Dancing Archive is an obvious description of any dance. Jennifer's use of the term hopes to capture something about the way in which bodies hold, transmit and convey experiences and understandings of ecological systems as they relate to human movement. The three components of the work - the live performance, the video installation and digital archive each do this from the specificities of their medium.

The initial phase of this project focuses on the multi year BIRD BRAIN Project (2000-2006) primarily on the Osprey Migration (2002) - an 8 week dance research project following the migration of ospreys along the Atlantic Flyway from Maine to Venezuela. The documentation of this project includes approximately 50 hours of video shot by Robin Vachal, photos taken and journals written by the dancers, other creative notes and plans for workshops and performances created by myself, programs, schedules and other ephemera generated from our partners along the route. The digital archive aims to make as much of this available to the public as possible.

We hope that in compiling this material into the archive it will serve artists, educators, ecologists, environmental scientists and others as a model for the intersections of art (specifically dance) and environmental research. This work aims to foreground the importance of creative research across the arts and sciences as an immediate and embodied practice of generating knowledge. This knowledge can be used to bring the improvisational acts of the creative mind into direct relationship with the indeterminate systems we inhabit.

Live Dancing Archive was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.