The 2019 United States Botanic Garden Dance Commission, LEANING TOWARD THE SKY premiered within the lush and abundant living collection of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory. In response to the natural architecture, rhythms, and movement of the plant life, along with the blueprint and cyclical patron pathways of the Conservatory, Orange Grove Dance illuminated and further revealed the richness and wonder of life cycles in plants, people, and mythology through dynamic dancing, an original sound score, and vivid projection design. The audience was encouraged to follow their own curiosities as LEANING TOWARDS THE SKY unfolded throughout the entirety of the Conservatory.
The USBG Conservatory serves as a sanctuary for plant life and provides a vital space for the public to
contemplate their relationship to nature. This relationship is the pivoting axis point for this work. Stepping into the gardens, you can’t help but be transported into a special place within yourself; that place where, if you stand still for a moment and listen, you can hear the heartbeat of the universe aligning with your own.
2019, United States Botanic Garden
Direction & Choreography
Colette Krogol & Matt Reeves
Choreography created in collaboration with performers
Original Music Score
Projection & Costume Design
Videography & Photography
Mariah Miranda & Jonathan Hsu
Juliana Pongutá Forero