Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Motion Control

March 2, 2010 1 comment

The videodance below is entitled “Motion Control” and I’m absolutely in love with it. The soundscore alone is mesmerizing. Enjoy!

Also, I really appreciated the ending credits when they give you a glimpse of the equipment and techniques used to create this film.

Created by Liz Aggiss, Billy Cowie, and David Anderson


Wayne McGregor/Random Dance

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Below is a clip of Wayne McGregor/Random Dance’s “Entity”. It reminded me of the isolated melting quality that I miss doing/seeing – I have to bring that back into “Chalk Boundaries”.

Salvador Dalí: Inspiration for Buddy

December 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Salvador Dalí Soft Self Portrait with Grilled Bacon, 1941

A piece that I found inspiring for an upcoming, all male choreographic work that focuses on the idea of masculinity.

Dance,Technology, and Space

December 18, 2009 Leave a comment

I came across this company while I was surfing the web to see what’s going on in the dance community outside of OSU. The company is called Chunky Move and I took this quote from their website:

Chunky Move’s work constantly seeks to redefine what is or what can be contemporary dance within an ever-evolving Australian culture.

The way that they blend lighting and video is inspiring because every aspect seems like a necessity. Sometimes when technology is incorporated into dance, one or the other seems out of place or unnecessary. But Chunky Move makes everything congeal; it doesn’t appear as if it’s a dance/video/lighting performance. They also play with space by doing site specific work and building different spacial configurations (such as a tilting oval). Below are excerpts from Mortal Engine.

Music Selection: Cliff Martinez

December 10, 2009 Leave a comment

The wonderful thing about dance is that is a collaborative art, and one aspect that I always enjoy is music. I’m looking around for music for both “Run” and Buddy and I came across Cliff Martinez. The clip I posted is a song that I’m interested in from the soundtrack Solaris. I like the atmospheric feel that it provides while providing interesting rhythmic sections. The piece made me get up and start improvising.

I’m thinking about using this track for both “Run” and Buddy. I think these works will be connected in many ways so I may use the music as  another way to demonstrate that connection.

Ego Tripping

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

This is probably one of the first poems that I heard performed. It speaks to what I’m interested in exploring in my work in progress, “Run”. I’m interested in strength and locating the multiple ways that a body works with the term strength. I want to go beyond the idea of strength as the quality or state of being physically strong, and in “Run” try to locate other connotations of the word. How does strength operate in violence? Where is strength located in love? How is strength demonstrated during times of weakness? My tendency is to start off with an idea such as this, and let it unfold in the process and then the product resulting with sediments sprinkled in of my beginning theme. “Run” may be something completely different by the end, but that’s the beauty of art in my opinion–the unexpected.

The poem is titled Ego Tripping and it is by Nikki Giovanni.

I was born in the congo
I walked to the fertile crescent and built
the sphinx
I designed a pyramid so tough that a star
that only glows every one hundred years falls
into the center giving divine perfect light
I am bad

I sat on the throne
drinking nectar with allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to europe
to cool my thirst
My oldest daughter is nefertiti
the tears from my birth pains
created the nile
I am a beautiful woman

I gazed on the forest and burned
out the sahara desert
with a packet of goat’s meat
and a change of clothes
I crossed it in two hours
I am a gazelle so swift
so swift you can’t catch me

For a birthday present when he was three
I gave my son hannibal an elephant
He gave me rome for mother’s day
My strength flows ever on

My son noah built new/ark and
I stood proudly at the helm
as we sailed on a soft summer day
I turned myself into myself and was
men intone my loving name
All praises All praises
I am the one who would save

I sowed diamonds in my back yard
My bowels deliver uranium
the filings from my fingernails are
semi-precious jewels
On a trip north
I caught a cold and blew
My nose giving oil to the arab world
I am so hip even my errors are correct
I sailed west to reach east and had to round off
the earth as I went
The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid
across three continents

I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal
I cannot be comprehended except by my permission

I mean…I…can fly
like a bird in the sky…

Emotion,Space, and Smile

December 6, 2009 2 comments

There is something about this song that I find interesting and compelling. It’s relatable, but not everyone’s relation to this feeling is the same nor is the setting. This feeds into my interest of locating common themes in various social settings. It’s something that I’m still working on in my head, but it’s remarkable how an emotion can be tapped into because of its close relationship to a particular moment in time and space.

Choreographically, I’ve always used imagery of space to generate a particular tone or emotion that I wanted.  But now I’m wondering what would happen if I did the reverse? What would happen if I asked the dancers to remember a moment regarding an emotion and then asking them to relive that space, but not the emotion? I think I could use this as a method for movement exploration. Having the performers continue to work with that setting in various ways (those ways, I have no idea).

Here are the words:

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

The song is originally by Charlie Chaplin, and I’ve posted a clip of Janelle Monae singing it (check her out).

Oh dance…