While he was artist-in-residence at Middlebury College in 2017, choreographer Gabriel Forestieri created “Breathe”, a highly meditative, graceful multi-disciplinary aquatic installation. The performance featured amongst a great many things, a musician playing an unusual but elegant rectangular cello as he floated upon and under the water. Composer Loren Kyoshi Dempster provided the haunting soundtrack.
The project is a multi-disciplinary water opera that combines song, movement, light, dance, water, music, and text. A live feed both underwater and on the deck displays to the board above the pool. A traveling choir mixes with a soundscape composed directly from the space itself, using contact microphones both out of and in the pool.