Water.Bodies.Land is a staged art song cycle for vocalist, string trio, and dancers. The performance weaves the previously-published poetry of black women writers with music and movement to honor of the fragility, beauty, and resilience of both the black female body and our natural world. The work celebrates our shared and divergent histories and seeks to inspire a re-enchantment with the earth.
With the support of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation & the National Endowment for the Arts, Water.Bodies.Land was first presented at San Francisco's SOMArts Cultural Center in July, 2023.
Created & Produced by Amie Cota*
Co-Directed by Amie Cota* & Sarah Crowell
Music composed by Amie Cota*
Choreography created in collaboration by Sarah Crowell, Clarissa Dyas*, Nicole Klaymoon, Ny'Aja Roberson* & Makhissa Sano*
Video & Sound design by Amie Cota* & Sarah Crowell
Lighting by Sarah Crowell
Costumes by Angie Wilson
Stage Management c/o Chijundu Okonmah