Fusebox Festival: Rosalyn Nasky’s Potential

What the hell are these dancers doing with Mansfield Dam?

This performance doesn’t take place on top of Mansfield Dam, please note.

Image by Four Points Chamber of Commerce

“They won’t let people on the actual dam,” confirms Natalie George, lighting designer for this three-night event, and the depth of her disappointment is equal to how many fathoms Lake Travis is after the heaviest rains.

But Potential, a multi-body dance performance created by Rosalyn Nasky for Fusebox Festival, does take place near that impressive monument of hydro-architectural engineering. Which is, we think, one hell of a cool idea for a venue.

And we’ve told you about this Nasky before, as she’s one of the standouts in a dance community flooded with talent. And we’ve told you about Ms. George, as well, especially regarding her collaboration with Jennifer Sherburn on the ongoing 11:11 project. And since Nasky and George have collaborated on this show, we reckon there’s a great deal of potential for memorable spectacle.

But wait, as they say in the infomercials, there’s more!

Because the choreography that Nasky’s concocted – choreography to be embodied by Ellen Bartel, Lisa del Rosario, Alyson Dolan, Noel Gaulin, Brandon Gonzalez, Lisa Kobdish, and Nasky herself – that unique arrangement of movement will be accompanied by live performance from Austin’s line upon line percussion group.

Oh, whoa – those guys.

“Line upon line will be set up in different areas near the dam,” says George, whose lighting will work its photic beauty in conjunction with the structure’s towering bulk and the day’s cloud-streaked sunset. “And they’ll be using some instruments that they’ve designed and built just for this project.”

Which is, we suggest, all the more reason to drive on out and – but, hold on just a little minute:

You don’t have to drive out to Mansfield Dam yourself.

Fusebox Festival is providing a shuttle from Al Volta’s Midnight Bar at Saengerrunde Hall to the Potential performance site each night. For a measly $15 you can ride along in comfort with other art-loving Austinites and out-of-towners and btw experience a bit of camaraderie before and after Nasky’s wonderment has delighted your senses.

And of course the performance itself – as with all the Fusebox shows – is free.

Sounds like a good time to us, citizen.
Sounds like, yes, a dam good time.

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