We are in the final days before Our Trail: Performances on the Pinellas Trail opens on November 4!
The success of my project, Our Town: A Moving Dance Tour of St. Pete, produced by the St. Petersburg Dance Alliance and Dance Linkages as part of SPF 16, led to a nomination from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance to expand the site-specific performance project and apply for a Stretch Grant from Creative Pinellas, which we did, in partnership with the New Music Conflagration. I devised Our Trail: Performances on the Pinellas Trail as a vehicle to expand the reach of live performance across the county with events in Largo, Dunedin, and St. Petersburg. I invited Helen Hansen French and Kellie Harmon to create new site-specific dance works, and Elizabeth Baker of the NMC curated the composers working with them. I am also creating a piece, and I am working with St. Pete-based Mike Alexis, who will be performing live in addition to creating the music. We had a rehearsal with Mike yesterday, and I am so excited!!
Our first performance is this Saturday, November 4 at 5:30p in the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. The three works are placed in the gardens, and the audience will walk from one location to the next. The location is beautiful, and I can’t wait to see the performance come together!
The 2nd performance is behind the Dunedin Historical Museum (shout out to Elizabeth Brincklow, Vinnie Luisi, and Fairlie Brinkley!) on November 18th at 4p, and our third and final performance will be on December 9 during ArtWalk in St. Petersburg. We are getting final permissions for our location, and I’ll let you know once it’s all final.
I’ll have more to say once we’ve had our first show because I should have started breathing again by then. I sure hope that you can join us on Saturday!