It’s kind of a given that the people working at Nau have a passion for the outdoors: skiers, bikers, surfers, climbers and paddlers abound in our ranks, and when our team clocks out at the end of the day, many run (literally) from town to do something fresh and physical. But it came as a happy surprise to me that so many of the people I work with have separate creative lives outside the office. Among my immediate coworkers I have found authors, illustrators, photographers, painters, filmmakers and dancers.
Six months ago, when Eugenie invited me to a performance she was part of called “Endless Ocean Endless Sky” (playing in Austin, TX this weekend), I didn’t quite know what to expect. Choreographed and produced by Tahni Holt, the website for the Portland production was mysterious and poetic. The story, it seemed, was a collection of vignettes 100 “moments” long. Since only ten audience members are allowed in the performance at a time, I made sure to reserve a spot early.
Suffice to say, the production was amazing and completely immersive. It takes place in an inflatable white space (described as both an iceberg and a plane) designed by architect Andrew Kudless. Without giving too much away, the environment, the sound design and the performers within transport you into a world of fragmented memories and half-forgotten dreams. As an audience member, you are intimately involved in the proceedings as the performers brush by and often lock eyes with you as they move through the space. More than anything Endless Ocean Endless Sky is about movement”moving bodies, moving walls, the movement of light”all coming together to move your imagination and unlock mysteries within yourself.