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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.

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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.

“Run” and Buddy Update

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment

After returning from break, alot has happened and shifted mentally when I think about “Run” and Buddy. Dancers have changed, and my concept has evolved.

Gender will be addressed in these works. As of now, in its early stages, I’m interested in how marked bodies interact with one another in social settings; in this case, the choreographic process, and how that impacts the work. This is more so a study of my choreographic processes in general, and trying to locate the social dynamics of having an all male cast and an all female cast of performers with a male choreographer.

The content of both works is influenced by the upcoming exhibition at the Wexner entitled Hard Targets, an art exhibition unraveling the idea of masculinity in sports. I want to use the work from this exhibit as a starting point to experiment with how male and female bodies handle this idea of masculinity. Is it a set idea? Does it truly exist? Does masculinity and feminitity generate set values in our lives? How can we disrupt these ideas in our lives and in dance?

I choreograph to create work that can be visually appealing, while providing a tangible representation, or even reflection,  of the social environments that we are continually involved in. Hopefully, these works will help further push myself as a choreographer to find new manners to tackle that task.

Below is a print of Hank Willis Thomas’ Scarred Chest from the exhibit that I find intriguing.

New Work in Progress- Buddy

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking about this idea alot over the past week — an all male piece in an alternative space. I’m going to give it the codename Buddy.

I want Buddy to fuse degrees of masculinity. That’s a very broad topic, but similar to “Run”, I want to explore the many ways that masculinity manifests itself in our life experiences. Sort of like a landscape of social constructs.

I’m thinking video as well?  And presenting it in more of a gallery space. The more and more I look at the stage, the more I’m noticing its limitations as a space. Don’t get me wrong, the stage has a lot of great qualities but I’m interested in seeing how my work can operate in these different spaces.

Words that come to mind when thinking about Buddy:

Shoes, name calling, teasing, shoulder pads, tackle, chest bump, hug, handshake, mackin’, competition.

Oh dance…

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