We’ve often said that surfers are to waves what dancers are to music (or was it the other way round?), so we were extremely interested to read, on sports & lifestyle webzineÂ Lupita,Â about surf brand Quiksilver’s new project, The Water Dancer.
The Water Dancer is a series of short films where QuiksilverÂ ambassador and world champion Stephanie GilmoreÂ meets and chats to different dancers to learnÂ what inspires and drives them, discovering how their dancing relatesÂ to her own passion of surfing.
In the first episode she meets Tiler Peck, whoÂ has been dancing since the age of seven and is currently a principal dancer with New York City Ballet:
Stephanie also meets Noemie Lafrance, a Canadian choreographer & artistic director specializing in site-specific work for public space and urban architecture. Noemie has completed commercial video work with Apple and recording artist Feist, as well as performance pieces with architect Frank Gehry:
In the third and final episode of the series Stephanie talks to breakdancer Casandra “Defy” Rivera:
Water dancing is also, albeit in a different way, an element of Earthfallâ€™s award-winning 2005 production of At Swim Two Boys, based on the novel of the same name by Jamie Oâ€™Neill, which arrives in London (Riverside Studios) next month.
Created by Jim Ennis and Jessica Cohen and featuring two male dancers plus two musicians, the story unfolds against a cascading wall of water that slowly fills the stage. You can see a clip of the production here.