Aqurld Waves at the Water about Us

About the Event

Aqurld Waves performed by HEARding Cats Collective, St. Louis, 2013

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“Aqurld Waves at the Water about Us,” is inspired by the ideas that, whether we realize it or not, water influences and can alter our everyday life, represents how our common reliance on it binds us together, and that our relationship to water is the source for stories about how we exist. Core Dance (a contemporary dance organization, artistic incubator, and convener) will present movement sequences—both under the water and poolside—at the UCA HPER Center swimming pool. These meditative movements evoke aspects of the watershed ecosphere, which have an impact on all kinds of people, industries, and the environment across the globe. This innovative work will be engaging, truly memorable, and highly participatory as it explores the human impact that can endanger our watersheds, their life (both aquatic and terrestrial), and the people who rely upon them. In the true spirit of collaboration, HEARding Cats Collective (a St. Louis-based ensemble) will perform improvisational musical sounds—under and above the water—evoking the sounds of water as both alive and the source of life. Being underwater is not the well of silence we assume; it’s full of movement, texture, and meditative rhythms. Cats’s founder, the octogenarian Rich O’Donnell, will synthesize electronic and hydroacoustic instruments and media artist Van McElwee will create high-intensity animation projected on a primary screen to recapture the sights and sounds of aquatic life. Poetry written for this event by HEARding Cats’s Anna Lum will punctuate the dance and music and provide the audience with powerful statements about this most important resource. Chauncey Williams will bring the performance to a close with spoken word artistry.


When & Where

Three 20-minute performances will be held on two nights in the UCA HPER Center located at the corner of Farris Rd. and Students’ Lane:

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018
    • 7:00 p.m.
    • 7:45 p.m.
    • 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October  6, 2018
    • 7:00 p.m.
    • 7:45 p.m.
    • 8:30 p.m.

Because of the unique nature of this event, audience members need to prepare in advance. Space is limited, so participants must reserve a free, timed ticket here: You may select an in-pool ticket or a poolside ticket.


Accessible angled parking is available at the front of the HPER, other accessible spots are open across the street in front of Farris Hall. General parking is available in the lot east of the HPER. Golf carts will be stationed near the accessible and general parking for people with mobility issues.

What to Bring / Not Bring

UCA will provide pool noodles to audience members.

You should bring a folding chair if you will be viewing the performance poolside.

You must bring the following if you intend to participate in the pool:

  • appropriate swim attire (preferably worn under your street clothes to maximize efficiency between performances)
  • towel

You may also consider the following optional items:

  • swim goggles
  • swim cap
  • nose clip
  • ear plugs (if you suffer from swimmer’s ear)
  • a personal flotation device

Please DO NOT bring the following:

  • inflatable floats
  • hair dryers

As you enter the west door of the HPER Center, a volunteer will take your name and ask you to sign a waiver of liability. If you will be viewing the performance from poolside, you may setup your chair as indicated by our volunteers.

If you will be swimming with the dancers, you may use the adjacent dressing rooms to change out of your street clothing. You may enter the pool under the instructions of the lifeguards. Once the audience is in place, the performance will begin. After the performance, lifeguards will instruct you on exiting the pool. You may change back into your street clothes prior to exiting the HPER Center.