Liss Fain Dance to Bring THE WATER IS CLEAR AND STILL to NYC, 3/7-8; San Francisco, 5/16-19


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. A hybrid of dance, literature, theater, visual art and music, "The Water is Clear and Still" premiered in San Francisco at Z Space in May 2012.

"The Water is Clear and Still" will be presented at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY, on March 7-8, 2013, in coordination with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, publisher of Kincaid's new novel See Now Then (2013), following a reading by Kincaid at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music on March 6. For the 2013 San Francisco Home Season, "The Water is Clear and Still" will be performed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum (701 Mission Street @ Third) from Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, May 19, 2013. Performances are Thursday-Friday-Saturday at 8pm; and Sunday at 5pm. Tickets are $30 general/$15 students and seniors. For tickets and information visit

"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."