The Spiral Dance Collective rehearses “Marigolds Downriver,” to be performed on Earth Day at three public spaces along the Kennebec River waterfront. From left are dancers Dalziel Lewis of China; Barbara Oesterlin-Heath of Whitefield; Sophi Reiter of Hallowell; Judith Zink of Skowhegan; Kay Mann of Hallowell; Kristy Ferran McNaughton of Sidney and Christine Little of Hallowell. Photo by Kristy Ferran-McNaughton

To celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, the public can attend and/or participate in one or more outdoor dance performances on the banks of the Kennebec River.

The free intergenerational dance performance of “Marigolds Downriver” by the Spiral Dance Collective involves three individual sections, each performed at a different location along the Kennebec River Rail Trail. After the first dance is complete, the next begins, and then the next, so that the dance literally moves down the river.

The dance will begin at Augusta Waterfront Park at 10 a.m. and move to Granite City Park in Hallowell at 11 a.m. The final performance will take place at noon at Gardiner’s Waterfront Park. Community members can travel together with the dancers to each location via bicycles along the Kennebec River Rail Trail.

Those interested in participating in the dance are invited to attend Spiral Dance’s free, pre-performance Community Dance Workshop at 9 a.m. at Augusta’s Waterfront Park. Participants will work with the group to create their own dance phrase to weave into the set choreography as the dance proceeds down river, thus incorporating the community into the dance; no dance experience is required.

“Marigolds Downriver” explores how one action impacts another, how what happens upriver has an effect downriver, how each individual action creates a ripple effect of impact in their community.

The Spiral Dance Collective is an intergenerational group based at The River Studio in Hallowell that offers itself as a vehicle for choreographic exploration focusing on site specific choreography. Members include Christine Little, Jenny McKendry, Kay Mann, Shae O’Connor and Sophi Reiter of Hallowell, Dalziel Lewis of China, Barbara Oesterlin-Heath of Whitefield, Kristy Ferran McNaughton of Sidney and Judith Zink of Skowhegan.

Community sponsors of “Marigolds Downriver” are Augusta Downtown Alliance, Vision Hallowell, Upstream and Gardiner Main Street.

For more information, contact Little at [email protected] or 207-272-3418.


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