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Liss Fain Dance 2013 Home Season To Feature Performance Installation

“The Water Is Clear and Still” 
 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum: May 16-19, 2013

February 5, 2013 - San Francisco, CA: Liss Fain Dance ( announces its 2013 San Francisco Home Season

featuring “The Water is Clear and Still,” a performance installation that combines dance and music with spoken text from Jamaica Kincaid’s short story collection At the Bottom of the River. Fain’s provocative blend of choreography and literature is performed in a surreal immersive installation and sound environment in which the dancers, actor, and audience move together.


“The Water is Clear and Still” interweaves Liss Fain’s choreography with the spoken text of Kincaid’s sharp-edged and beautiful stories. In this riveting performance installation, the dance, spoken text, set, and sound environment encompass the performers and the audience. The set—a river in a strangely eerie and surreal grove of trees—and sound environment surround the six dancers, the actor, and the audience, which moves at will into the performance space, close to the dancers, and experiences the work from multiple perspectives.


“Fain’s choreography is both innovative and tied to geometric symmetries at the heart of ballet,” wrote Lauren Gallagher in the San Francisco Examiner (May 28, 2012). “She also welcomes audiences to either move around a piece, or, in the case of ‘The Water Is Clear and Still,’ into it.”


Dance View described “The Water is Clear and Still” as "another of Fain's transparent and finely shaped works."  The Bay Guardian wrote, "This type of work and Fain's type of craft are rare today. It's a pleasure to see an active intelligence engaged in such full-bodied work.”


Liss Fain’s work ranges from pure dance pieces to collaborations with composers, lighting and set designers, videographers, actors and technologists. The company’s performance installations bring the audience inside the set and close to the performers. Non-narrative, highly physical and emotionally resonant, Fain’s work fuses modern dance’s forceful energy with the kinetic precision of ballet. Since its founding in Boston in 1988, Liss Fain Dance has premiered over 45 works by Ms. Fain and collaborated with individuals and organizations that include MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies, The Exploratorium and The Apple Multimedia Lab. The company has performed and taught at festivals and venues in Poland, Germany, Belarus, Russia and the UK as well as colleges, universities, festivals and presenting organizations in the US.


What:              Linn Fain Dance’s “The Water is Clear and Still”
:             Thursday, May 16, 2013 through Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 8pm; and Sunday at


Where:            Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Googlemap:

Cost:                $30 general/$15 students and seniors

Tickets:           Advance tickets are available at


For more information, call Liss Fain Dance at (415) 380-9433, or visit