Waterline: A Dance with the Surface of Water

Projected onto a screen partially submerged in the harbour’s water, a looped video will show dancers looking as if they are interacting with the surface of the water.

The dance was conceived of by hannah_g and she invited local choreographer, Rachel Cooper, to choreograph the piece. The work was created with two local dancers, Vanessa Hrynchuk and Lia Loewen.

The idea came during hannah’s regular walks along the Assiniboine River where she sees birds and fish paddling, jumping, and swimming. hannah became fascinated by how the surface of the water creates a line between the above and below, the visible and invisible, and how the line moves with the ripples. One morning, an image of dancers interacting with this line appeared in her mind with great force and became the impetus for this project.

Location, times, and dates

The Forks Harbor, Winnipeg, on the opening weekend of Nuit Blanche and Culture Days:

8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Friday 24 September

8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday 25 September

8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday 26 September

The event is free.

Covid-19 protocols

The event is outdoors. People will be directed to social distance and wear masks. It is a come-and-go event that takes place over the course of 3 hours. Government regulations and guidelines will be observed.


hannah_g                             Director, Producer

Rachel Cooper                    Choreographer

Lia Loewen                                    Dancer

Vanessa Hrynchuk                        Dancer

JP Media/Jordon Popowich       Videographer

Aston Coles                                   Production Technician

Colby Richardson                         Projectionist


Situated at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers on Treaty 1 territory, The Forks has been a meeting place for over 6,000 years. Treaty 1 territory encompasses the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabe, Ininew, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Peoples and is the homeland of the Metis Nation. We are grateful and inspired to share work here.

The project was funded by the Manitoba Arts Council with support from Shelley Shearer School of Dance, Nick and Todd at the Gas Station Arts Centre, Artisan AV, The Forks. Special thanks to Rose Passante, Niigaan Sinclair.

Top Photo: a still from the video WATERLINE: A Dance With the Surface of Water; 2021.