Desert Movement Arts to present work for National Water Dance Project


Desert Movement Arts will present its new piece, "Lack-of-Water Dance," on April 23.

How do you create a h2o-themed dance piece in the desert? You get innovative. 

That’s what Constance Clare-Newman, co-founder of Desert Motion Arts dance team, experienced to do ahead of the group’s cost-free 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23 performance at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert in Rancho Mirage.

We caught up with Clare-Newman to find out much more about her group’s historical past, how they fared all through the pandemic and what attendees can expect at their approaching functionality of “Deficiency-of-Drinking water Dance.”

Beneath is an edited edition of that discussion. 

Q: Can you give us a quick background of your business for people who aren’t familiar?

A: So it was started by me and Brittany Delaney, who’s no lengthier in the desert. She’s carrying out a lot of fantastic stuff in the LA location now. She and I started it simply because there was not definitely dance that was taking place that was like a lot more on the experimental aspect, or very internet site-unique work. And now there are some people in the desert who do Modernism 7 days, that kind of issue. But we more go into the desert and examine. Also, we’re an intergenerational company. So from the quite commencing, we experienced an occasional baby we started out out with — an 8-calendar year-aged dancer and a 70-year-old — so we definitely run the gamut from all the ages. This yr, I really don’t have any children, definitely due to the fact of COVID. But we do have [people] from like 42 I guess to 70ish. That is one more factor that is truly significant to me. I just turned 60, and I danced skillfully in my youth, and I danced semi skillfully, actually, up until 50 … and so I just actually wasn’t all set to give up transferring.


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