Dance Poetry Video: To Die of Joy in the River

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Dance Poetry: Nina Serrano and Dance Generators, San Francisco, April 19, 2013

Dance Poetry: Nina Serrano and Dance Generators, San Francisco, April 19, 2013

(Scroll down for the video.) Dance Poetry is an ancient form but new to me.  On April 19, 2013 I had the thrilling experience of reciting my poem with the inter-generational dance company, Dance Generators, as part of their University of San Francisco’s spring semester class.  The dancers ranged in age from 20 to 80, so at 78, I fit right in.

My poem, “To Die of Joy in the River”, about the water cycle also fit right into the  Dance Generator’s “The Signature of Water” concert performance.  Inspired by the 12th Century poet Rumi, my poem embraces his love of ecstatic experience.  The poem appears in my book Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2013.  This poem, as part of the larger performance, gave the dancers an opportunity to express their semester long exploration through dance of the importance of water in our lives and the threat posed by modern life to its purity.  During our two rehearsal sessions the dancers created improvisational movement within the framework set by the inspiring and supportative teacher/choreographer Natalie Greene. I was honored to participate with such dedicated dancers and lovely people.  


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 82 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.comor contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Ninaon her website.

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