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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.

 

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.

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.