Elizabeth Dishman, along with dancers Rachel Korenstein and Caitlin Yuhas, created a beautiful piece of modern dance, performed at our recent event, Reflections on Water: New Works of Music, Dance, and Spoken Word Poetry. This piece explores Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.”

Elizabeth Dishman, in her own words: “Tide” ponders the surging joys and frustrations of connecting with a God who many times answers our suffering simply by being present, by holding our heads above the waves rather than taking us out of the water. Our collaborative process began with a series of improvisations based on images of water, vulnerability and relational give and take.  We then crafted set dance phrases that we transformed in various ways and built into duet structures.  Finally, we brought in a large tub that on show day was filled with water, which added a third active and metaphoric presence to the work.  Rachel and Caitlin joined me in searching out physical and emotional resonances that explored a fluctuating but sweet relationship inspired by God’s promises to stay with us in life’s surprising waters.


Originally from Colorado, Elizabeth Dishman began choreographing professionally in 1996 and earned her MFA in Choreography from The Ohio State University.  In 2001 she founded Coriolis Dance Inc., a nonprofit modern dance company based in New York City, where her work has been presented at Triskelion Arts, BRIC Studio, Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre, and 100 Grand, among other gracious venues.  She has received numerous grants and fellowships in support of her work, and was honored in 2009 to be one of six choreographers selected nationwide to participate in BESSIE Award-winning Susan Marshall and Company’s inaugural summer workshop. In her work. Elizabeth seeks intersections between the abstract and theatrical, the universal and deeply personal, and credits/blames her husband and two young sons for most of her recent source material. www.coriolisdance.org


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