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Photo of dancers Trayer Run-Kowzun and Uttara Asha Coorlawala in "Clear Skies, Sun Shining," choreographed by Laura Shapiro; photo by Jianqing Ye

Trayer Run-Kowzun and Uttara Asha Coorlawala in "Clear Skies, Sun Shining," choreographed by Laura Shapiro; photo by Jianqing Ye

A DVD of the performance of Clear Skies, Sun Shining, a piece for five dancers that premiered on September 11, 2009, was screened at Dance New Amsterdam during their Day of Remembrance and Reflection on September 11, 2011. I am grateful to Uttara Asha Coorlawala, Tatyana Kot-Diaz, Ingrid Kullberg-Bendz, Trayer Run-kowzun and Mari Sakahara, the performers who journeyed with me in the creation of the piece as well as to cellist Madeleine Shapiro (no relation), through whom I found Matthew Burtner’s Fragments from Cold for cello and electronics, a recording of which became the sound score for the piece (with Shapiro on cello); and to NYFA for providing me with a Special Opportunity Grant to support the performance of the piece.

Below are comments that Marcia Kresge, co-director of Biko Arts Center, e-mailed me:

“I decided to visit DNA in the evening and enjoyed viewing your video and three others:  a lyrical piece for six dancers by Laurie DeVito; Isabel Gotzkowsky’s Doorways; and a Butoh-inspired piece by Shizu Homma. Your piece most unsentimentally described the awe and helping in those first days after the 9/11 attack. Thank you for telling me about the DNA tribute.

I then took a walk downtown, and saw the calm after the day’s ceremonies; police having dinner. It’s the first time I saw the almost complete Freedom Tower with construction lights gleaming inside; the base of the beams that rise to the sky is on a parking garage! I kept walking down to Battery Park and saw the thousands of flags in twilight under the trees and the Statue of Liberty.  New Yorkers were still strolling around.  It was good to reflect on life that has happened these ten years and remember how natural or manmade disasters do not keep us down forever!”

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