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On the blog: Passage of Wind and Water Collaborative

May 16, 2013
by Sara Olivier, dance teacher and choreographer, Rapid City, SD

Hi, I am Sara Olivier and I'm writing this post as a representative for the Passage of Wind and Water Collaborative: a convergence of stone sculpture, modern dance, music, poetry, and film. Together with several South Dakota artists and community leaders we will create cross-artistic performances that are inspired by Masayuki Nagase’s sculptures and process. We will celebrate the rich culture and landscapes of the Black Hills region and invite the greater community to share in the transformative power of art.    

We have divided this long-term project into three chapters. The first chapter will follow Nagase’s sculpting of the Badlands Garden Tapestry. These are the stones along Main Street which he will begin sculpting this summer in Main Street Square. Nagase’s design for the Badlands Garden is inspired by the transformative power of wind. This chapter of the Collaborative will begin this summer and include community workshops, so that we may integrate local, artistic contributions. We will travel to the Badlands and capture footage of movement in the very space that inspires the artists. Then, this segment will conclude with a cross-artistic performance that merges all five disciplines of art to create a cohesive, original, and meaningful work that encourages us to consider our collective identity in terms of our natural environment. 

Through collaboration we can reach beyond ourselves and embrace the ideas, cultures, and experiences of other artists and allow the community to shape our work, which will enhance the quality and significance of what we create.  Ultimately, we aspire to transform the public’s expectations of art and sense of community through artistic experiences. 

Right now, we are in the beginning stages of the collaboration and will post updates throughout the process.  

View a short, completely amazing film about the beginning of the collaboration by videographer Randal Iverson at




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