PULL/DRIFT is a project that evolved into many parts.
In 2013, Clarissa Stowell Gregory and Joshua Wade Smith collaborated on dance & sculpture for a performance involving: water, woods and raft. Clarissa & Joshua created the site-specific performance PULL / DRIFT on September 8th at Patapsco Valley State Park, Daniels Area.
For six months, Baltimore photographers/filmmakers Liz Donadio, Carr Kizzier, and Margaret Rorison documented the evolution and execution of this site-specific performance, which finalized in a gallery exhibition, Pull / Drift: In the Slipstream at Gallery CA from December 6 2013 - January 10, 2014.
The documentation that I captured from the dance performance became a 16mm film with a live sound accompaniment by sound artist, Josh Millrod. This piece premiered at Mono No Aware Festival of Expanded Cinema in December of 2013. It has been made into a video and has screened at various festival and venues since.
Throughout my documentation process of Pull/Drift, I focused on the flow of the human form and its relationship to its surrounding environments. I was interested in discovering a dialogue between limbs and hips, the curves of the land, the mechanics of flesh, the rhythmic channeling through water, grass and earth. I was captivated by how the development of motion sculptured a new sense of time and established a magical sense of ritualistic bliss.
CONTRIBUTORS OF PULL/DRIFT:
Director & Choreographer – Clarissa Stowell Gregory
Sculptor – Joshua Wade Smith
Additional Choreography– Jenny Berkowitz, Lily Susskind, and input from the dancers
Cinematography – Liz Donadio, Carr Kizzier, Margaret Rorison
Dancers – Jenny Berkowitz, Sarah Fask, Danielle Fistner, Hannah Friedland, Clarissa Gregory, Corey Hennessey, Amy Reid, Erin Reid, Christine Stiver, Lily Susskind, Rebecca Tischman
Costume Designer – Stephanie Santos
Music – Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal
Post-Production Video Editor for 5minute promo video – Maggie Schneider
Flag Designer & Lead Guide – Graham Coreil-Allen
Flag Guides – Mary Anne Arntzen, Rachel Boss