Inspired by Nature


I was lucky enough to attend my friend Buck’s surprise birthday party this past weekend thrown by his amazing wife, Leida on their piece of land that borders on the Lassen Volcanic Park in California.  Buck is a dance afficianado of the most well-rounded sort: He has season tickets to both the SF Ballet and CounterPULSE, so for his birthday I wanted to make him a dance.  This video was made on Lake Almanor just south of his property at the same time, apparently, that he was fishing in the same area (unbeknownst to me at the time).  I can’t take full credit for the choreography.  Aleister gave me the score.  He said, “Go over there in the water and dance like a bird, Mom.”  The fact that he spontaneously started singing for me is what makes it brilliant in my mind.  So what if the song turns into the Harry Potter theme there near the end. Well, just. . . so what?!

Anyhow, I hope Buck enjoys this strange and nature inspired dance on his lake during a gorgeous day.  Happy Birthday Buck!


About Holly Shaw

Holly Shaw is a San Francisco Bay Area dancer and choreographer who has performed as a soloist with Yaelisa and Caminos Flamencos off and on for several years. Shaw is the creator of the Eve’s Elixir project, a platform for artists of contemporary world dance wanting to bring new ideas to traditional dance forms, and has produced several shows in San Francisco. Her flow between contemporary modern dance, flamenco and Middle-eastern styles makes her a unique choreographer. Shaw has spent years training Bay Area dancers in technique and improvisation, challenging them to dance from a deeper level and uncover their unique style.

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