I would like to share with you all, my unique experience at Indeterminacy Festival performance at Silo City on Friday, May 19th, 2017.
As I stepped inside the first giant bubble, I wasn’t sure what to expect. There was a growing crowd of people who all filed into what seemed to be a space too small to fit. I had met a couple of my friends, so we shuffled around as we giggled nervously trying to find the appropriate place to stand and the appropriate way to fill the time.
We hung around for what seemed to be a long time, but I’m guessing it was more like 5 minutes. I didn’t care. I soon started watching everyone around me. I could spot the dancers who were dressed in coordinating outfits of only black and white. They walked around as part of the crowd and I wondered if this was planned or was just organically happening. There were also musicians in this expanding crowd, in a bubble, in a silo. Totally rad. It was finally time to enter. I was pumped and I was totally in that moment. There were zero extra thoughts going through my mind.
As I ducked into the next bubble, it opened up into a more open space. The lighting was beautiful and there was enchanting music echoing through the metal walls. There were dancers interacting with each other in small groups. These dancers were of all ages and abilities. I felt their passion with every move, of every body part. Honestly, I didn’t know what they were portraying. I decided not to go that route, I decided to just feel. I felt love and compassion in that bubble. There was a very healing energy. It was as if each connection was making each person stronger. Even though the room was visibly huge, the energy coming from each element made it feel filled to the brim.
There was no exact time limit for each part to follow, which I would consider the middle of the performance. Throughout different sections you could see musicians and dancers interacting with each other. To get to each space you had to duck through small tunnels and weave between the performers. You had to be extra alert at all times. This was all new for me and I had no formal directions on what was to happen. At one point we even got lost inside these connecting silos. It added some adventure and fun to our journey.
Suddenly, I felt myself being pushed into the direction of the next room. Out of nowhere (at least that’s what it felt like) there was full out, super strong choreography happening in the center of the space. The energy was fierce and the dancers were fully connected and fully enthralled in their dance. I could hear their feet sliding on the dirty floor which added an organic raw sound to each of their steps. I really didn’t want this part to end. The room then suddenly transformed before my eyes again and we were led in what resembled a procession into the climax of the performance. The musicians marched behind us and the dancers were moving in front of us. I felt like I was in the middle of the performance in a way I have never experienced as an audience member. It literally brought me to tears.
The music was incredibly intense and resonated in my soul as the dancers joined together in unison. This was the largest group of dancers yet. I found myself rocking to the music, wanting to absorb every bit of what they were confidently spilling onto the dance floor. The energy in that room, at that moment, was about to burst. As the music descended to a more mellow vibe the dancers began to physically lift one another. (If you don’t know what Contact Improv is, look it up! It’s a great form of dance that physically connects bodies) One by one each dancer was lifted and moved by the others. As you watched different shapes being formed, large shadows were emitted on the walls, almost like giant dancers of their own.
The end was very satisfying as we ended in the silo with the most natural light. It was almost like we had stepped outside of this alternate reality, back into the real world and could see each of these beautiful souls as their true selves. It was absolutely lovely. Not once did I want to pick up my phone, think about a problem, or be anywhere but those silos. It was therapeutic and a beautiful experience. Art has the ability to make us see beyond our own limits and boundaries. In a world filled with so much chaos, so much information flowing at us at all times, this is exactly the type of thing we need to keep available to each other.
Thank you so much to all the artists involved in the production of this performance. I felt incredibly engaged in every part. This was a piece of the Indeterminacy Festival, choreographed by Jenna Delmonte, assisted by Courtney Barrow, and danced by local dancers of Buffalo. Please check out their awesome write-up on Buffalo Rising for all the other juicy details!
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(Check out some photos I caught during the performance!)