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As the Crow Flies
Long before it became a field of science, cartography was a contemplative pursuit: cartographers drew fabled landscapes and imaginary lands of their own divining. Over the past twenty years, some of the focus of academic geography has shifted away from descriptions of the land and focused instead on the landscapes that exist in the human mind. These are often extensive and complex. As the Crow Flies is essentially a landscape of the mind.
In a book entitled Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez, the author takes an imaginary walk along a meridian line running from the Arctic Circle to Mexico City. It is the day of the summer solstice. Six months later, the author repeats the journey in winter. He describes what he sees and the way the changes that occur e.g.. from even, regular, diurnal patterns of day and night over Mexico to almost permanent light of an arctic summer, affect one's perspective about the earth we inhabit. As the Crow Flies tries to imagine the performance area from a different spatial perspective, i.e.. from above. As we approach more closely the imagined spaces become more specific, more personal.
John Adams - Shaker Loops, Shaking and Trembling, Hymning Slews, Loops and verses, A final shaking
1988 DanceWorks at the Dance Umbrella, London. Tasdance performed this in 2006
The Earth Beneath our Feet in 2006. Download the program