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.
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