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Dance in the Time of Coronavirus series continues in Tampa Bay

While theaters remain closed, four more socially distant dance performances are planned through the end of August.
Ethan Barbee carries the movement during "Reverberation," a socially distanced dance performance on the streets of St. Petersburg on June 13, 2020.
Ethan Barbee carries the movement during "Reverberation," a socially distanced dance performance on the streets of St. Petersburg on June 13, 2020. [ ALVARO G. GABALDON | Courtesy of Andee Scott ]
Published Jul. 20, 2020

Tampa Bay dancemakers Poetica and Dance Linkages, led by Amanda Sieradzki and Andee Scott respectively, continue to bring performance to streets and screens this summer with their Dance in the Time of Coronavirus series.

Episode four, (re)Volution, choreographed by Sieradzki, happens on July 25 in front of The Ella at Encore, a senior living residence at 1210 Ray Charles Blvd. in Tampa. Dancers will rotate through the continuous dance performances from 11 a.m. to noon.

Related: Related: Dozens of dancers will perform on the streets of St. Petersburg

Residents of the Ella at Encore can watch the performance from their rooms or the courtyard. The public can view it in person by car, bike, on foot or they can watch the livestream on Facebook. Viewers are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and to wear masks.

Mykai Eastman will perform spoken word and poetry throughout the dance performance, which is described as “meditative, expressive” work in a news release from Sieradzki and Scott.

“COVID-19 is changing how we live our lives, where we go, what we do – rather than focus on all the things we cannot do during this time, we are seizing this as an opportunity to create and share new models for performing dance that support our community safely, respectfully, and creatively,” they stated. “Dance is life. Art heals.”

Related: Dancers perform while social distancing on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg

The duo also stated that their intention was to bring the community together through the performances and that it’s their responsibility as artists to rise to the challenges of the time.

“We offer these dances in memorial to all who have lost their lives, a loved one, a member of their community,” they said in the release. “We offer these dances in gratitude for all those who are working on the front lines – our heroes named and unnamed who care for and whose work provides for others. We offer these dances in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and in support of social justice. We offer these dances as hope for a kinder and more equitable future.”

Here is the schedule for future performances:

August 8: Episode 5: Constellation, choreographed by Andee Scott (St. Petersburg and beyond)

August 22: Episode 6: (e)Volution, choreographed by Amanda Sieradzki (Tampa)

August 29: Episode 7: In Flight, choreographed by Andee Scott (St. Petersburg)

The locations haven’t been confirmed as of yet and are subject to change depending on the ever-changing response to the coronavirus pandemic. Follow Poetica and Dance Linkages on Facebook for more information.