one moves, something is lost and something else is claimed"
Bird of Passage refers to a transient, one who is here
today and gone tomorrow; for example, the migration of birds in
winter or scattering of seeds across countryside in spring. The
phrase transfers the literal meaning of a migrating bird to human
behavior. I was particularly interested in surprises that are an
inevitable part of a moving from one place to another, a transient
journey; as one moves, something is lost and something else is claimed.
The result of migration can bring one to being at the center of
community life (affecting the group), and also produce community
change as the journey continues.The choreography in this dance is
comprised of quick direction changes, off-balance movements following
by successive elevations in the air. In 1999, I performed Bird
of Passage at Oldenburg University in Germany, the Barbican
Center in London, England and at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in
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images and more details about this project.