St. Paul, MN — St. Paul Public Library
A dance celebrating the simultaneous occurrence in February 1988 of the full moon falling on Candlemas/Groundhog’s Day, and all during the St. Paul Winter Carnival. To celebrate the middle of winter in Minnesota, as the Carnival does, the dance elaborates on winter’s familiar tokens: movement in darkness, figures inside windows, and illumination by different kinds of lighting.
Seven windows in the center of the St. Paul Public Library’s second floor became the performance space for the seven dancers. They had only a narrow ledge 11 inches wide, five feet off of the floor. All forward movement of legs and arms was barred by the window in front of them.
A bow of thanks to the theater mistress, Sydney Rice (no relation to Rice Park). She ensured the correct cueing of the fluorescent lights, the supply of electricity via extension cords, and the supply of candles and hand-held lighters.
Dancers: Kitsy Olson, Georgia Corner, Su Smallen, Kay Tani, Bernadette Knaeble, Judith Howard, and Rebecca Frost.
February 2-3, 1988.
Original score composed for the site by George Shears.