The site-specific mountain phase of Crossing blended the challenges of crossing a mountain range and the aesthetics of making dance. Traversing the Sierra Nevada Range from West to East for three weeks, the performer/mountaineers of the artist’s dance troupe Project Bandaloop created site-specific dances along the crest of the Sierra. The performance of Crossing involved a team of specialized performers including composer/violinist Zachary Carrettin and was documented for broadcast by videographer Greg Bernstein. The successful realization of the piece took place August 5-23, 2001. Fifty hours of video was shot of textures, sounds, sky, landscapes, light, and many dances including the octet on Wildcat Point near Tuolumne meadows. Several musical themes and many sound canvases were developed before and during the mountain project. Crossing: Stories of Gravity and Transformation is a theatrical version of the piece that blends images and videos from Crossing with music and choreography.
2003: Excerpts of Crossing are performed at the Detroit Arts Festival
2003: Crossing is performed at the Kennedy Center
2004: Excerpts of Crossing are performed in Rovereto, Verona, and Montova, Italy