Choreographer Barbara Cuckson explains her current iteration of her dance, ‘Tree’.
I follow her movements, my part in a duet. I am a Tree that will dance with its Spirit.
The dance has three parts. Part one is subtle and young. Part two is strong and mature. Part three is fragile, approaching death.
I start learning the dance just after hearing about the death of Jack Ward, veteran Antarctic expeditioner and scholar who first guided my PhD research. Jack explained how working in Antarctica shifted his perceptions towards an ‘elemental’ view.
The Tree dance is set to “Fragments” by Rachmaninov.
Barbara explains that it was the last thing he wrote before her left Russia forever.
Will interpreting this dance guide my present urge to connect what I know about Antarctic krill to the trees I am about to study as a science student in Australia?