Every year, the women on my mom’s side of the family get together over Labor Day weekend to have a girls’ trip. This year I was unable to go because of rehearsals for CDT, but I tried to make the most of it by spending some of that time being a dancer in a senior project film. One of my lovely friends, Amber Heaven, had the brilliant idea to film her choreography in the right setting for the concept of the piece.  Before I continue, I must introduce her concept. Sirens. Not the kind on top of police cars or ambulances. The kind from mythology. If you could think back to that time in grade school when you learned about Greek and Roman myths, you will probably remember them. Depending on the origin of the myth, sirens are either bird or mermaid like women who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.

Since sirens are found near the sea, what was more appropriate than to film the piece in the water? So, Labor Day morning, around 5:30am, I found myself being driven up Provo Canyon with 7 other people. Around 6:20 we arrived at our destination, the beautiful Deer Creek Reservoir. By 7:00, after having our hair and make-up done, we were wading through the water filming the movement. Not only did we just wade around in the water, we were flinging our water-soaked hair, submerging and emerging in the water and stealthily seducing the camera with our siren like movement.

I must also mention, that the temperature that morning was around 55 – 60 degrees, which made the filming process even more of an adventure. Between shoots, you could hear chattering teeth or squeals as we had to submerge ourselves. But we were laughing through it all. We finished filming around 8:30 and were enjoying hot chocolate and apple cider at Starbucks by 9:30. It was quite the morning, but one that I would happily do again.



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