I’m taking Susan Petry’s portion of our autumn graduate composition course right now (Susan Rethorst arrives on September 23rd) and we showed our final draft of our first studies today. We began last week by creating four movements (that’s a loose term) and then inserting four more, and then inserting eight more into that. We […]

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We’ve been in school for two weeks now at OSU, and I’m finding the second year of the MFA program to be wildly different from the first. Namely, I know people here now, and I know what the arc of a semester and year is like, so I can actually focus on learning and deepening […]

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In OSU’s MFA dance program, we complete three Comprehensive Examination questions as part of our MFA requirements. The first two questions are administered during the summer (one after first year, and one after second year), and the third is a synthesis of the MFA project, which is completed during our final year. Yesterday, I turned mine […]

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I wrapped up rehearsals for my independent study in choreography last week, and I’ve been writing quite a bit about what I learned from the process. It was incredibly useful, with one year down in my MFA program, to have the time in the studio with a wonderful group of collaborators who helped me clarify […]

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From Help Thanks Wow, The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott: In art, we feel the breath of the invisible, of the eternal–which Elie Wiesel described in Night as ‘that time when question and answer would become ONE.’ Wow, what horror that man saw, and what beauty, truth, and silence he still managed to create from it. In […]

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Our last rehearsal for the summer was last night, and I decided to create a new section that pulled material out of other things the dancers made during July. We created a 8 minute section that I’m really excited about–it just feels like we get closer to something (something!) with each rehearsal.   Here’s how […]

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I’ve made many dances in which the dancers stand and watch each other. Usually, there is some section that involves a group or person standing still, watching a group or person do something more physical. In rehearsal this week, I formalized this, having the dancers actually sit at the front of the stage in chairs […]

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