Written in Water premieres at Opening Nights at Florida State University

The premiere performances of Written in Water received two consecutive standing ovations at Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University in Tallahassee. A production four years in the making, Written in Water combines music, dance, and large-scale projections to convey the metaphysical and philosophical consequences within the ancient Indian game of Snakes and Ladders and the 12th-century Sufi text The Conference of the Birds.

"It was an honor for us to be an integral part in the creation of 'Written in Water' as well as presenting the world-premiere," said Christopher Heacox, Director of Opening Nights Performing Arts and a commissioner of the work.  "Its amazing visuals, captivating choreography, and original score with live music left audiences eager to experience it agai

FSU College of Fine Arts News
October 13, 2016

Since its inception in 1921, Opening Nights Performing Arts has become a venue for performing artists to dazzle audiences at Florida State University. Thanks to Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), the Tallahassee community was treated to a performance that did just that.

It was a packed house for the world premiere of Written in Water on October 5th, 2016 with an encore performance the following evening on October 6th, 2016. Audiences were treated to an experience that was equal parts as interesting as it was beautiful. The dancers appeared to transition seamlessly between each musical nuance giving it the appearance of one never ending spectacle. Dressed in elegant and eye catching attire, each stood apart from the nearly complete darkness surrounding the stage along with the projections of snakes and incredible artwork. Overall, this performance was a magical experience for all who attended.