Local artists bringing awareness to San Antonio waterways

These performances are going to be so dam cool.

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Dam — no literally, step foot into this performance.

Photo by Chris Castillo

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Local composer and sound artist Pamela Martinez will present free sonic art performances at two San Antonio dams this March.

These performances explore water as a carrier of culture throughout our city and are sponsored by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture.

With a rotating cast of collaborators creating sound and ceremony under the name Teletextile, the free public series seeks to bring awareness to local waterways and their importance in cultural connection.

💧 First event | Saturday, March 4 at 5 p.m.

The first act, dubbed Transformation, is a 30-minute immersive performance. The audience is invited to walk into the labyrinth dam’s teeth and experience a collaborative interpretation of transformation as it relates to the different states of water and a person’s ability to transform. The second act, Our Power Together, features an original score for percussion, horns, and choral elements.

Location: Lake Elmendorf’s 19th Street Dam

💧 Second event | Saturday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m.

The sonic experience will begin with musicians floating on kayaks on the San Antonio River for a reprisal of Our Power Together. The second act, titled Flow, invites guests to parade with singers and musicians along the river up to the floating pavilion and the unseen three-mile water tunnel beneath their feet. As a conclusion, a repeat rendition of “DAM! A Song of Water” will be performed — which originally opened the event series in October at the Spanish Colonial Mission.

Location: Roosevelt Flood Control Tunnel Outlet Park

💧 Know before you go

Both performances are about an hour long. Guests need to RSVP via Eventbrite to reserve a program. There will be wet areas, so attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately in closed-toe or waterproof shoes with traction.

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