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Boulder Creek CityDance: Creek Dreaming

Sunday, June 12, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

- Free
WilderDance founder Melinda Harrison

As part of the day-long Boulder Creek CityDance, I’ll be leading a participatory moving-ritual with YOU – called The Dream of the Creek. The time will about 1 pm to 2 pm.

The “dance” will be very simple and open, so that you can be part of it easily — without any advance knowledge, training or rehearsal. All sorts of bodies and movements are welcome. You can also participate as a Witness – observing the action with an open mind and heart, so that you may be moved on the inside if not on the outside.


To develop the “score” for this piece, my collaborators and I are exploring the creek as earthbodies and exploring thematic food-for-thought such as Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. We are musing from the land and wondering how the Earth’s dreams may be responding to current challenges.

Want to play? Wherever you are! I’ll be sending email “invitations” offering specific explorations you can do on your own or with others, wherever is convenient and comfortable for you. And then you can contribute your reflections by email or phone.

Please email Carolyn so we can add you to the email list.

BOULDER CREEK CITY-DANCE, from Sunrise to Sunset

Boulder Creek CityDance is an all day dance/movement/music event celebrating Boulder Creek. The intention is to discover the creek and the city through nature-inspired movement and express our relationship with the creek and the watershed.

This is a FREE event, encouraging participation by everyone present in each place.

The day will start at Red Rocks in Settlers Park, with it’s dramatic overview of the creek running through the whole city from its emergence out of the mountains to its exit on to the plains at SawHill ponds. There will be seven site specific performances at different places along the creek, connected by our walk downstream the entire length of the Boulder Creek pathway. The day will conclude at SawHill ponds at sunset. Live musicians provide improvised acoustic music.

The CityDance is a way for people of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds to engage in movement based activities in celebration of Boulder’s environmental treasure. The process that the artists use is referred to as the “Life/Art Process”, an approach to dance developed by Halprin, in which art and dance is a direct expression of key aspects of life — the life of a person or of a community. The dancing is not a performance to be watched; rather it is a participatory community event, much like a ritual or festival of an indigenous community.

The CityDance uses a collective creative process to produce a “score.” Like a musical score, it is an image of a structure where everyone can see the plan visually. It is a map of an activity, in time, through space, with people. In our project, activities are inspired by the natural elements of each location honoring the natural environment – the rocks, trees, water, fallen logs, and open spaces – of the Boulder Creek corridor.

This project involves seven lead dance artists and four live musicians. Each lead artist is responsible for designing the score for one of the chosen sites. Melinda Harrison, artistic director of the project’s sponsoring organization NatureMoves, a teacher of this type of collaboration, will advise, mentor, and direct the score-making process.

The CityDance furthers an important lineage of outdoor, inclusive dance pioneered by the well-known dance innovator Anna Halprin.  It is directly inspired by her “San Francisco CityDance” from the 1970’s and was performed here last year (June 2015), to honor Anna’s 95th birthday. We envision CityDance 2016 as the next incarnation of an ongoing, annual event.


Sunday, June 12, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Carolyn Brown


Boulder Creek – various locations
Boulder, CO United States + Google Map