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Glamour Project Images

May 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Images from my upcoming performance work BREED (aka Glamour Project) which focuses on notions of superficiality and hyperfeminisim.

Generate a Phrase

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve always struggled generating phrases. When attempting to generate a phrase, I find myself trying to locate meaning to every movement that occurs. To combat this tendency, I began to question my understanding of “meaning” in a dance work. A movement can be meaningful and have importance without it being directly correlated to a theme/idea/concept. I also believe that an investigation of your concept through physicality must occur. This may not be the case for every process, but the sake of this piece I wanted to go in that direction.

I began with the idea of groups and the many layers and tensions that arise when a group is being formed. That notion of tension I then began translating on a physical level – where in my body can I generate tension? This led me to investigate torque within the body – the tension of twisted body. I found it interesting the language I chose to use to aid in remembering the phrase. Below is an excerpt:

Right wrist presses left knee

Right elbow attacks right hip

Extended wrists out

Bitch slap

Breathe

Release

Below is a demonstration of those instructions:

What is Structure? The Beginning of a Dance

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment

In the beginning of Group Forms, an important question was raised – what is structure? Or an even better question: how do I interpret the word structure as a choreographer? To begin locating a response to that question we were asked to generate a choreographic manifesto. Below are some points in which I expressed:

The dancer is human.

The music is not secondary.

Develop work that reflects how bodies function or operate in society.

With my manifesto in mind, I began working on a new choreographic process that was heavily invested in the notion of “process” to determine/discover my tendencies as a choreographer.

 

Bringing it Back– What a Quarter!

June 17, 2010 2 comments

It seems as if Spring Quarter had taken me by the reigns, preventing me from spending the time that I should’ve spent on this blog. Now that it’s summer I can reflect back on the experiences in which I had with “Chalk Boundaries,” as well as move forward and talk about my upcomng projects: SHAME and The Glamour Project. I’m excited for what this summer holds for me, especially since I will be attending the Bates Dance Festival.

Speaking of the past, I never posted this. Below is footage of the Wexner Event showing of “Chalk Boundaries”  as a work in progress with the all male cast.

New Videodance Project- GLAMOUR PROJECT

March 2, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m doing it! My first videodance.

The concept will be around the idea of the glamorized body.

Inspired by Lady Gaga, Fever Ray, Marylyn Monroe, addictions.

Working with three beautiful dancers.

More to come on this project 🙂

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.

“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.