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“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.