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My Thanksgiving Day love letter to Movement Research

So I’ve been meaning to blog for a while…
Last week, I went to Movement Research’s Town Hall meeting. The topic was “sustainability as a performer”, and various things were touched on over the course of the discussion. Questions came up like: What does it mean to be a performer? How can we sustain ourselves economically? How do you gain experience as a young performing artist?

I spent the meeting wandering past and around the circled chairs, listening in patches from differing distances as I followed my one-year old daughter toddling in and out of the room. Trying to occupy her enough for us not to be too distracting, I also knew she would eventually fall asleep if I let her roam. During the last ten to fifteen minutes of the town hall, I stood at the edges of the space holding her warm, sleeping body, eager to soak in the conversation and anticipating the end when everyone would clap. (and I would have to zoom out to avoid her waking up – I wasn’t fast enough.) The two of us were engaged in our own dance. The whole time I was thinking about what sustainability means to me.

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S.O.S.

I’ve been having an ongoing discussion with Manhattanville College students in my contact improvisation class about improvisation and choreography. I am often troubled by how those terms are used. What do those words mean? Why are those terms habitually used diametrically? If choreography is “the composition and arrangement of dances” (from Merriam-Webster dictionary online) or “also know as dance composition” (from Wikipedia), does choreography equal composition? If improvisation is “to compose, recite, play, or sing extemporaneously” (Merriam-Webster online), is improvisation instantaneous composition? Is the defining difference between choreography and improvisation time of deliberation? Read the rest of this entry »

this is a dance performance

Quoted from Andrew Wass’ blog on 10.22.2011 (http://wasswasswasswass.blogspot.com/):

A fashion show is a dance performance with an emphasis on costume.

A concert is a dance performance with an emphasis on sound.

A construction site is a dance performance with emphasis on set.

A play is a dance performance with emphasis on text.

A fireworks show is a dance performance with emphasis on lighting.

A dance performance is a dance performance with emphasis on movement.

A presidential debate is a dance performance with emphasis on performer.

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