Moving to the ocean: Pathways Projects presents OceA Wilderness at the Yard


Marianne Goldberg, artistic director and founder of Pathways Living Room Studios, and the Yard invite the Island community to a showing of OceA Wilderness, Ms. Goldberg’s choreography culled from experiences at the ocean’s edge.

Ms. Goldberg will choreograph with 10 dancers from across the country at the Yard theater and along the Chilmark coast. Inspired by ocean terrain, utilizing improvisational structures in perception, space, time, and live presence, OceA Wilderness transports outdoor explorations into the architecture of the theater as an interior shoreline.

The 10 dancers joining Ms. Goldberg have been selected from 70 applicants across the U.S. and Europe. According to a press release, each of the dancers has a keen interest in site-specific/environmental work, and has trained extensively in contemporary dance and alternative somatic forms. The dancers include Holly Wilder from New York City and Maine; Ellen Oliver from western Massachusetts; Laura Neese from New York City; Maggie Ammons from Colorado and Vermont; Leah Fournier from Indiana; Angela Fegers from Florida; Anri Nakano from New York City and Japan; Emily Craver from New York City; and Arielle Pina and Evelyn Langley from Philadelphia.

Pianist David Stanwood, composer Dean Rosenthal, and guitarist Phil DaRosa, with flautist William Waterway in spirit, have collaborated with Ms. Goldberg on a music score grounded in the ocean’s environmental sounds.

Ms. Goldberg founded the OceA Wilderness Festival in 2010, and in 2015 Make Waves Martha’s Vineyard, a spring festival of light across our waters. Ms. Goldberg’s choreography and photography project since 2012, Unfurling/ To Inhabit Together, explores ocean geography, kinetic architecture, and intermedia.

OceA Wilderness, Monday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 pm, at the Yard, Chilmark. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Pathways at