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Since my last post, I had ACL surgery, finished my comprehensive exams, got engaged, graduated from OSU’s MFA in Dance program, got a job, got married, and moved into an apartment with my husband. I can’t help but say it: life is strange. I think sometimes about how any one of those moments could have […]

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It’s amazing how quickly time goes by in an MFA program. I’m heading into my final semester of the MFA in Dance at The Ohio State University and I’ll graduate in early May. Between preparing for my MFA project (presented at Urban Arts Space just a few weeks ago) and looking for jobs, I knew that […]

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On January 28-30 I presented my MFA project, Full Will. I’ll be putting up more musings about the process and performance in the next few weeks as I write my final comprehensive exam about the project, but in the meantime, here are pictures: Full Will was performed at a great downtown gallery, Urban Arts Space. The cast […]

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This fall, I started working on a duet with Nancy Morcos and Molly Stack, both students in my contemporary class at OSU this fall. Nancy is a Program 60 student who takes two dance classes a semester, and Molly is a freshman BFA student. We are early in our process, but I wanted to share […]

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In Dr. Bench’s graduate seminar, “Bodies on the Line” this semester, there was a moment, when, rather organically, someone used the title of our course in a class discussion. The phrase was probably something like, “those protestors were actually putting their bodies on the line.” We laughed, because it was bound to happen: the course […]

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Here’s the thing: dance is hard. With any body. Among many bodies. Trained, untrained. Similar, really different. The physical act of moving with someone, of coordinating actions and kinesthetic responses and timing and detail and intention between two fundamentally discontinuous human beings is difficult.

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I think I had Lacan’s idea of the Mirror Stage in the back of my mind as Quilan and I worked together, and I decided to point to it pretty directly in how Quilan and I engaged each other as mirrors, as well as the actual studio mirror. We decided to structure our duet as a series of mirrors: mirroring the audience, mirroring each other in the mirror, mirroring ourselves, mirroring the movement of each other, and then “breaking” the exact reflection of the other through partnering material, in which the distinction in our shapes and efforts allowed us to take each other’s weight.