Merging of Worlds


This video is part of a two part process.  With this particular piece I wanted to shoot it in nature and then also in a more urban environment. I did the nature part already, so I thought I’d let you have a sneak peek at it.  The second part will get edited into this one and will include the sound of the footwork (bare feet on grass doesn’t make any sound – can you imagine?).  I found the PERFECT location to video tape part II but wouldn’t you know it is directly across from my office smack in the middle of the SF financial district in a very busy location.  I’m pretty brave about dancing most anywhere, but in front of my bosses on their way to work? eeehhhh a little timid there.  I can imagine, “Holly, what are you doing?”  Let me ask you, do you want to see the manager of your finances flinging herself about to loud music on your way to work? I need to figure out a way to get into the city around 7:30am and do it then.  Just before everyone starts getting to work around 8-8:30am.  It is funny because the final piece will present the merging of two worlds, rural and urban, just as the process mirrors the converging of my two worlds, art and office. 

Here is the unfinished work:


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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