Niagara Falling (world premiere)
Wed-Sat, Sep 26-29, 2012
30-minute performance at 8:30 and 9:30pm
“To stand at the very edge of Niagara Falls is to feel the water’s primal pull. There, where the roaring river drops away at your feet, you can partake in an ageless miracle.” – David Hodge
“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.” – Civil Rights Attorney Bryan Stevenson
Niagara Falling layered images of the cities of San Francisco and Niagara Falls with live dancers suspended in life jackets and a steel life boat. Industrial chains hoisted the dancers up the side of the Renoir Hotel to swim against the force of the Falls and the Pacific Ocean’s massive swells.
Drawing parallels between San Francisco and the city of Niagara Falls – cities steeped in social contradictions and widening income gaps – Niagara Falling depicted the human faces affected by urban decay and imagines the possibilities for reclaiming the American Dream.
Choreography and Direction by: Jo Kreiter
Film by: David and Hi-Jin Hodge
Featuring: Jennifer Chien, Caity Beard, Sandia Langlois, SAM Luckey, Michelle Wong and Marina Fukushima
Music by: Carla Kihlstedt and Mattias Bossi
Lighting by: Mathew Antaky
Rigging by: Karl Gillick
Press Release: pdf
In Dance Article: pdf
Podcast: KDFC Podcast