Effervescent Collective—that fluid group of young dancers who’ve managed to snag Best of Baltimore titles for multiple years from both the City Paper and Baltimore Magazine—will be offering something unique this weekend. With Pull/Drift, artists Clarissa Stowell Gregory and Joshua Wade Smith have collaboratively created a one-day-only, site-specific performance involving water, woods, a raft, and dance. The piece takes place at the lovely Patapsco Valley State Park in an area that’s great for swimming, kayaking, and hiking (and now, we suppose, for seeing experimental performance). The artists are even encouraging audience members to bring a picnic, a swimsuit, or anything else that will help you make the most of your trip out to the park before or after the performance.
Effervescent have become well-known in Baltimore for their work on the Baltimore Dance Round Robin, and a plethora of choreographic projects around the city. They offer weekly donation-based classes for dancers and ‘non-dancers’ alike. The amazing thing about Effervescent’s work is how masterful the dancers are, and the ambitiousness and meticulousness of the movement and choreography; yet, the work always comes across as accessible and inspiring. It’s the kind of performance experience that sends you out of the theatre (or studio, or state park) ready to expand your own movement vocabulary and to dance a little more yourself.
Pull/Drift will take place on Sunday, September 8 at 5pm. The performance will be held at the Daniels Area of Patapsco Valley State Park. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.effervescentcollective.org.
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