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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Josh, Rachel, Savannah, and Joda developed text and movement solos a few weeks ago that we’ve been using in a quartet. Each time I watch this section, I think: I love this part. And then I think: why? Because it’s weird…is that an answer? I like that the dancers speak to each other, that the […]


I’m not the superstitious type, but I’ve had a handful of instances now that I’ve been thinking of like this: “dance as premonition.” By this I mean dances I’ve made that have articulated feelings or beliefs of mine before I’ve articulated them into words. I didn’t set out to make dances about these particular subjects, or […]


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