Jamaica Kincaid short story inspires dance performance

Repeating Islands

Lauren Gallagher reviews Liss Fain’s new dance Jamaica Kincaid-inspired performance/installation for The San Francisco Examiner.

Liss Fain Dance just might be the most bookish dance troupe ever.
Novels, poetry and short stories have influenced Fain’s work for years.
Last year, she used literary superstar Lydia Davis’ short stories. She continues on the short story trajectory, using Jamaica Kincaid’s unnerving tales in “The Water Is Clear and Still,” a performance installation debuting Thursday at Z Space.
“A wave of nostalgia rushed over me when I heard Kincaid’s name in association with this piece,” says Val Sinckler, who first read Kincaid in elementary school and will read stories from Kincaid’s “At the Bottom of The River” as part of the installation. “She’s also considered a Caribbean author, and there is a wealthy reservoir of Caribbean culture in my family, so there is a personal resonance for me.”
Sinckler, a San Francisco…

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