Persephone struggles upwards, bringing Spring with her arrival. Perhaps… the persistent spirit of a woman endeavors to free herself from restraint and repression and struggles from confinement to freedom, from darkness to the light of renewal. Directed by Mariel McEwan.
Music for synchronized swimming is a natural extension of my longtime interest in the relationship between music and movement. I have collaborated with choreographers in multiple disciplines of dance including modern, ballet, dance theatre, and West African dance for nine years. My first commission for synchronized swimmers was received in 2007 for a Friends of CalArts (FoCA) fundraising event, in which I collaborated with choreographer Sue Nesbitt, architect Ron Radziner, and graphic designer Robin Cottle, to create an extended synchronized swimming performance art (ESSPA) event called Liquesant Crystal. ESSPA rests outside the parameters of competition requirements allowing for greater artistic freedom and expression for the performers, including special lighting, props, and longer performances. The performance took place in and drew inspiration from the beautiful Cottle-Radziner residence in Venice, CA, designed by architect Radziner. Since then, the Ohio State University synchronized swimming team, which has dominated the intercollegiate competitions in recent years, commissioned me from 2008-2011 to create music for their routines. Our collaborations have been performed in various national and international level competitions including the 2009 international competition, which took place in Rome, Italy.