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“Molly and Nancy”

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 […]

Translation duets #8: Making phrases

It was interesting to work inside someone else’s physicality but make movement that reflected both my sensibilities and Daniel’s sensibilities. As we crafted this section, I really tried to become more and more like Daniel every time we did it, without sacrificing my physical range, or my instincts as a dancer with a lot of training in a particular style. As perhaps an answer to my questions about empathy in my last post, it may be that learning how to be Daniel without losing my self to “Daniel-ness” is a way to honor both of our contributions to the process.

Translation duets #6: empathy and embodiment

Choreographically, there is great benefit to this sort of empathy building. In attempting to “be” another dancer, I begin to recognize their preferences. The more I attempt to “be” another, the more I can internalize these preferences and predict how another person will move. It’s easy to recognize this empathic exchange in dancers who have spent a long time dancing together: their deep, physical knowing of the other allows them to read each other in the unpredictable space of live performance, and make split-second choices together.

Translation duets #3: How I know I’m not you (part 1)

When Quilan and I met for our first rehearsal, I wasn’t sure exactly how much information to give him about my project. I told him we’d be making a duet, and that I was interested in how our training impacts the way we make movement and improvise.

Notes on performing

Despite having declared to a few close friends that I was “done with dance” last fall, I’ve performed quite a bit this semester: I showed a new solo called Virginia in OSU’s Winter Concert in January, performed in Ani Javian’s MFA project Elsewhere in early February, and last weekend, me and MFA Tammy Carrasco premiered a new duet in […]

“Virginia” rehearsal

I’m working on a solo called Virginia that will appear in the Winter Concert in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University in February. The work developed out of a series of assignments in my graduate composition course this fall, beginning with Susan Petry’s “density” study assignment. Susan Rethorst, a visiting artist in […]

“Endings”: The end, for now

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 […]