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Your helical heart is everywhere
Your blood is the transport system of your needs
Your vessels draw you toward and away
Created by Nicole Bindler with the performers
Music by Julius Masri
Performed by Christina Gesualdi, Christine Mantey, Derek Freeh, Elizabeth Weinstein, Greg Holt, Harlee Trautman, JD Frost, Janna Meiring, Jonathan Stein, Kimya Imani Jackson, Margot Electra Steinberg, Miryam Coppersmith, Pablo Virgo, Stephanie Turner, and Talia Mason
Blood, Sea is an improvised ensemble dance drawing inspiration from our evolution from the ocean to land, our ontogenetic journey from the amniotic sea of the womb to adulthood, and polarities within our lives and bodies, such as affinity and aversion, or blood and cerebrospinal fluid, which arise in the front and back of our bodies, respectively, and are the heaviest and lightest fluids.
The title is drawn from the writing of Italo Calvino. His short story “Blood, Sea” refers to the balance of salinity in our blood and in the ocean from which we humans evolved: “Bathed by the primordial wave which continues to flow in the arteries, our blood in fact has a chemical composition analogous to that of the sea of our origins.” As we evolved into terrestrial beings, we brought the sea inside of us onto land.
Bindler began the creation process in collaboration with Masri and students from Drexel University through the Ellen Forman Memorial Award. She further developed the work with the performers listed above over an eight month rehearsal process during which they explored all of the organs and systems that contain or are impacted by blood, such as the endocrine and immune systems, and the liver, spleen, heart, etc.
Nicole Bindler’s performance work and teaching have been presented throughout Europe, North America, Argentina, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, and Quito. Her dances have been supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Leeway Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Ellen Forman Memorial Award. Bindler holds a BA in Dance and Poetry from Hampshire College, a degree in Muscular Therapy from the Muscular Therapy Institute, and certificates in Embodied Anatomy Yoga, Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga, and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering ® from the School for Body-Mind Centering®. She has taught Somatics and Improvisation at Temple University, University of the Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her writing has been published in Critical Correspondence, Contact Quarterly, Emergency Index by Ugly Duckling Presse, Jewish Currents, BMC® Currents, Curate This, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, and thINKingDANCE. Bindler is a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council and is the Founder and Director of The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice. www.somaticsandsocialjustice.org