“‘Water and Dust’ pulls its inspiration from author and journalist Mark Arax’s book “The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California,” which was recommended by dear friend Samuel Adams upon discovering our shared upbringing in the Bay Area. Arax investigates the water crisis and interweaves his family’s narrative as Armenian immigrants to California – ‘Water and Dust’ draws from personal memories of driving the dry stretches of farmland on Highway 5 with my own Armenian family’s relocation to the state. Special thanks to collaborators Post:Ballet, the San Francisco Symphony, and especially to the extraordinary violinist Helen Kim, who so thoughtfully gives this piece its grit and flow.” —Mary Kouyoumdjian
Charmaine Butcher · Babatunji Johnson, dancers
Helen Kim, violin
Ben Tarquin, cinematography & editing
Robert Dekkers, choreography, in collaboration with Post:ballet dance artists
Samuel Adams, audio recording, editing, & sound design
Christian Squires, costume design
Christopher Dunn, costume construction
Travis Andrews, mastering & audio consulting
Playing Changes was filmed in compliance with local and state COVID guidelines. Performers appearing closer than 6 feet were members of the same COVID container throughout rehearsals and at the time of filming.
Playing Changes is produced with generous support from Emre Ozdemir.
San Francisco Symphony’s presentation of Playing Changes is generously sponsored by Sakurako and William Fisher.
Free content on SFSymphony+ is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission.