Dancing Within the Deep Blue Sea

Happy National Poetry Month from Stance on Dance!

BY DELPHINE HSINI MEI; ILLUSTRATION BY CAMILLE TAFT

Pillow

Willow

Bridges of thoughts lead his path to home

Once been found

He was a child wandering wild

In the palace of her heart

She dances

Steps that ease his wounds

Sparks the purple flame of that forgotten lifetime

Her waving hands and silvery dress

Moving swiftly with quiet humming songs

Flowery animal of her dancing body yet unknown to him

Casting lingering shadows across his forehead

Dreaming smoke

Rivers of memories swell in him

Like floods

Like streams

Like the ocean he almost drowned in

Those dark pools of her eyes

He jumps in

Willingly

Charmed by her swift water

Sometimes slow and sweet

For a day of her embrace under the sea

For a kiss

For tangling tango libre

For moonlit falling like pearls on their shoulders

Siren of the backroads

Dancing Within The Deep Blue Sea

Born in Taiwan, Delphine Hsini Mei has practiced dance in the U.S., Europe and Asia. She’s been a resident artist at Cite American-Foundation (Paris, France) and Dance Short (Amsterdam, NL). Her recent performance video works have been shown on ARTE CREATIVE Channel Europe, ARTOPIA Taiwan, and she was interviewed by STIGAMART for its VideoArt 2015 Biennial Special Edition.

Camille Taft is a seventeen year-old dancer living in Longmont, CO, who has trained throughout her life in primarily ballet and modern dance. With both her parents as visual artists, she has always appreciated the excitement that comes from a collaboration of mixed media, and was thus overjoyed to have the opportunity to work with Stance on Dance.

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