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What’s next for “Chalk Boundaries”

February 18, 2010 1 comment

I realize that I never wrote a post about the final experience at the Wexner, but it’s mainly becuase my experience with “Chalk Boundaries” doesn’t feel over. Performing on the Mershon stage was an amazing opportunity to get my work out there and to jump start my creative process. “Chalk Boundaries” is beginning to become a project curious about the term masculinity, but also it is also beginning to bring up the idea of power, a characteristic that we can choose to associate with the term masculinity.

I’ll be combining the male and female cast next week, which will change the feel of the work entirely and I’m excited. I’m sadly losing one male dancer, and scheduling is always a headache, but what I’m discovering while I’m at OSU is that it’s part of the process. Things happen. Problems occur, but what’s most important is how I’m dealing with those problems in order to grow as a choreographer.

So what’s next for “Chalk Boundaries”? More development of phrase material, researching the term masculinity (any suggestions?), generating a safe space for the performers, gaining a better understanding of myself as a choreographer, and lastly, creating a positive experience.

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“Chalk Boundaries” Female Cast- Phrase Foundation

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Below is a clip of a phrase that I’m beginning to work on for the female cast of “Chalk Boundaries”. Like most phrases that I create, I begin with a foundation and continue to build, finding the nuances and details that I enjoy so much. I’m excited to see what quality the female cast will bring to the idea of masculinity. A question that is beginning to rattle my brain is “where on earth am I going to perform this?” The OSU Dance department has a Spring Concert in which I could adjudicate the work, but I feel this work being longer than just 8-9 minutes. There is so much to develop, think about, explore; I would feel guilty if I didn’t take the oppourtunity that I have now to continue.

Reflection After Sleep. For Now, Images.

February 7, 2010 1 comment

Below is just an image of an amazing experience of performing “Chalk Boundaries” on the Mershon Stage as part of Wexner Center for the Arts’ Super Sunday event. I will post a more thorough experience soon. Michael Morris and Eric Falck have already posted great responses to their experience of the work that has helped me already think about the work differently in order to continue to develop it.

The Performance Jitters

February 7, 2010 Leave a comment

In a couple of hours I will be showing my work-in-progress, “Chalk Boundaries” at the Wexner Center for the Arts. I have no idea how many people will show up. I have no clue how people will respond. I don’t even know if people know how to get to the Mershon. But, will all these worries and with my nerves exponentially at its peak, I’m still very at ease because what I’m thinking about most is the past 5 weeks  and how thus far it has been such an eye opening experience; teaching me to understand my values in choreography and also the importance for me to maintain a dialogue with my dancers. I realized that I can never be the choreographer that never asks the performers their opinions, thoughts, or ideas. I realize that I have a tendency to let context and movement have a ongoing battle in my process. I’ve learned that I’m learning and that my fear of staying stagnant is no longer a fear.

I always get like this before every performance, very trance like. I’ll post again after the performances later tonight.

Oh Dance…

“Chalk Boundaries” Rehearsal Footage- GIRL!

January 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Today in rehearsal Eric had to leave early so I asked Rashana to fill in for him while we worked on this new section. The clip below is the beginning of the new section and it’s interesting how the tone changed in the studio when we did this section. The uncertainty of being offensive was apparent in everyone yet, the energy didn’t turn negative, just inquisitive. What came across my mind was how do bodies approach the gender that they don’t claim as their own? Especially if they’re attracted to them? This section is clearly a stereotypical depiction of one way, but it would be nice to continue to explore that idea more in the work.

“Chalk Boundaries” will be performed as a work in progress, Sunday, Feb. 7th on the Mershon Stage (Wexner Center for the Arts) at 1:30pm and 2:30pm.


Phrase Comparison

January 16, 2010 1 comment

Below is a clip of a phrase that I taught to my all male, and all female casts. It’s interesting how bodies deal with momentum and weight differently, regardless of gender affiliation. Also,  notice how each cast emphasized particular movements, particularly the jump. I’m not stating that all male dancers move alike and all female dancers move alike; it is not my objective to generate a commonality among male and female bodies. Instead, I’m interested in the choreographic atmosphere that is formed when you separate genders in a process, while maintaining the same material, and how movement can have different connotations on male and female bodies.

Rashana Smith, a fellow MFA student,  is doing an independent study regarding gender in choreography and is participating in the all male cast rehearsals for her research. Check out her link for more info on her approach and experiences in the process.

Below is a clip of both casts learning the material the for the first time.

Buddy, New Title, and Rehearsal Footage

January 16, 2010 Leave a comment

I have a new working title for my Buddy project,  “Chalk Boundaries”. I enjoy this title more because it resonates my idea that masculinity and femininity are terms that set up social guidelines for how people interact. I’m interested in toying with those guidelines through movement and through this work, show the many shades that these terms have.

This work will be performed as a work in progress, Sunday, Feb. 7th on the Mershon Stage (Wexner Center for the Arts) at 1:30pm and 2:30pm.

Below is a clip of rehearsal with the all male cast.