The multi-site art exploration Duwamish Revealed took its interpretation of the intersection of nature and industry to new heights Saturday night:
It began with a man-made moonrise over the Duwamish River after Saturday’s sunset – a moon created by Yuri Kinoshita, raised from the deck of a barge, suspended from a crane donated by Pacific Pile and Marine. From within the moon emerged West Seattle aerialist Tanya Brno:
On the river’s muddy eastern shore, where some audience members sat, below others on logs and rocks, Coast Salish flutist and storyteller Paul “Che oke ten” Wagner played the haunting music to which Brno flew and spun:
You can hear him play in our phone video recorded toward the start of the show:
Before long, Brno was lowered to the river’s surface, where the accomplished aerial artist appeared to walk on water:
Her mesmerizing movement continued until she was lifted back into the moon, which then “set” onto the barge deck:
The aerial performance titled “Tangyo“ followed songs performed by the Duwamish Riverside People’s Chorus, open to anyone who answered the call to join musician Anne Mathews for a rehearsal by the river earlier in the day:
The venue for all this was what Duwamish Revealed has dubbed The Estuary (4651 Diagonal Ave. S.) While this was a one-time performance, more music and dance are ahead next weekend during the Water Festival at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park, plus dragon-boat racing and Mexican masked wrestling by Lucha Libre Volcanica – the schedule is here. And the Duwamish Revealed installations are there for you to see any time – explore them via this map, and see our previous coverage here and here. Duwamish Revealed, a project of ECOSS (the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle) led by artistic directors Sarah Kavage and Nicole Kistler, continues through September.