Tag Archives: structure

Contracts & agreements in our first rehearsal

This post is part of a longer series documenting the process of creating a lecture demonstration entitled “Movement moves: translating dance” which will be presented at the CORD/SDHS joint conference at The Ohio State University in October, 2017. You can view other posts from this series here.  During our first rehearsal, Charles and I came […]

Let’s make a dance real quick

This afternoon, I worked with OSU Dance BFA students Emily Gaffga, Ca’la Henderson, Maddie Mazzola, Charlotte Stickles, and Erin Yen to try out some ideas for a choreographic residency I have next week with The Collective in Baltimore. We worked for 90 minutes and ended up with a five minute dance. I didn’t really have […]

“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 […]

“Endings”: building

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 […]

“Endings”: what is it about watching?

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 […]

“Endings”: a section I really like

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 […]

“Endings”: developing text

Part of my desire to do an independent study this summer was to examine and evaluate my methods of writing text. It’s always been a very intuitive process for me, but through this rehearsal period, I’ve discovered some values: I like a mix of poetic and practical language. If the language is headed more toward […]