Dance and Poetry: Dance Generators and Nina Serrano in Free Concert

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Dance and Poetry performance "Time Signature of Water" by Dance Generators, April 19, 2013

Dance and Poetry performance “Time Signature of Water” by Dance Generators, April 19, 2013

Dance and poetry combine in a free dance concert by Dance Generators entitled “Time Signature of Water” featuring Nina Serrano’s poem, To Die of Joy in the River, (printed below). The performance is at the University of San Francisco Studio Theater on Lone Mountain on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 7 PM.   Dance Generators, an inter generational dance company, will perform a dance created for this poem which will be recited in several languages.  Nina will read the English version and participate in the dance.  The poem will be published this year in her forthcoming book Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012 (Estuary Press). I hope you can come.

I am thrilled to have my poem expressed through dance. Dance Generators combines dance and poetry with my poem in English, Spanish and Chinese, with phrases in French, Portuguese and Japanese.  The performers are both multi-cultural as well as inter-generational. I am blessed to participate in the dance as well as reading the poem. Dance Generators’ artistic process offers improvisational freedom with structured support with friendly, sensitive and creative people.

To Die of Joy in the River

For Rumi

To die of joy in the river
sighs the drop
falling falling in the greater water
One drop of many rushing to the ocean
flowing along in the mingling
No longer a drop but a mass
rippling current swift
No longer a drop but a sea
then a mighty splash of spray
evaporating to rebirth as a raindrop
And again to die of joy in the river.

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About Nina Serrano

Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 84 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to or contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.


Dance and Poetry: Dance Generators and Nina Serrano in Free Concert — 3 Comments

  1. Nina, What a stunning poem! Will try to get to the dance concert at USF. Best, Florence

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