Students in the Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) dance program have been working on THE SEA WE SEE, a project that will culminate in a pop-up performance on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. on the Eastern Promenade. The piece, which explores themes of climate change and its effects on coastal communities, will be performed between the baseball field and the flagpole/tennis courts.
This is a community-based project that is led by Alison Chase in collaborations with Lisa Hicks, PATHS dance instructor, Colin Holbrook, and Liz Mulkey, with a soundscape by Duncan Hardy. Alison is a co-founder of the internationally renowned company Pilobolus Dance Theater.
After moving to Maine and leaving Pilobolus, Alison created Apogee Arts in order to cast a wider net of collaboration and community engagement. Alison invited the students from PATHS Dance and New Media programs to join her in creating and documenting this piece.
The PATHS participants will be joined by a volunteer group of professional Portland dancers. Peter Neill, founder of the World Ocean Observatory, kindly led the educational component. The project is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for Arts.