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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.

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.

“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.

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.

Definition of Strength

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

I looked up strength in the dictionary and was surprised by how many definitions it had. Take a look:

–noun
1.     the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor.
2.     mental power, force, or vigor.
3.     moral power, firmness, or courage.
4.     power by reason of influence, authority, resources, numbers, etc.
5.     number, as of personnel or ships in a force or body: a regiment with a strength of 3000.
6.     effective force, potency, or cogency, as of inducements or arguments
7.     power of resisting force, strain, wear, etc.
8.     vigor of action, language, feeling, etc.
9.     the effective or essential properties characteristic of a beverage, chemical, or the like: The alcoholic strength of brandy far exceeds that of wine.
10.     a particular proportion or concentration of these properties; intensity, as of light, color, sound, flavor, or odor: coffee of   normal strength.
11.     something or someone that gives one strength or is a source of power or encouragement; sustenance: The Bible was her strength and joy.
12.     power to rise or remain firm in prices: Stocks continued to show strength. The pound declined in strength.

—Idiom
13.     on the strength of, on the basis of; relying on: He was accepted by the college on the strength of ardent personal recommendations.

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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
jesus
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…