Blood, Sea is an improvised ensemble dance drawing inspiration from our evolution from the ocean to land, our ontogenetic journey from the amniotic sea of the womb to adulthood, and polarities within our lives and bodies, such as affinity and aversion, or blood and cerebrospinal fluid, which arise in the front and back of our bodies, respectively, and are the heaviest and lightest fluids.
The title is drawn from the writing of Italo Calvino. His short story "Blood, Sea" refers to the balance of salinity in our blood and in the ocean from which we humans evolved: “Bathed by the primordial wave which continues to flow in the arteries, our blood in fact has a chemical composition analogous to that of the sea of our origins.” As we evolved into terrestrial beings, we brought the sea inside of us onto land.
Bindler began the creation process in collaboration with Masri and students from Drexel University through the Ellen Forman Memorial Award. She further developed the work with the performers listed above over an eight month rehearsal process during which they explored all of the organs and systems that contain or are impacted by blood, such as the endocrine and immune systems, and the liver, spleen, heart, etc.