Graduate School = Dance Artist Bootcamp

Many people told me that graduate school would be difficult. I was prepared for difficult. Other people told me that it would be exhausting. I was prepared for exhausting. Those same people also mentioned that it was likely to be rigorous. I was prepared for rigorous. And then I got here and I realized that being prepared in a city you know, surrounded by a … Continue reading Graduate School = Dance Artist Bootcamp

Studio Construction

For the final project in my History/Theory/Literature of Choreography class with Bebe Miller I am creating a piece inspired by the choreographic process of Susan Rethorst. This video footage was shot on my first day in the studio. I am building block sculptures at the start of each stage of the making to jumpstart my creativity and draw attention to my aesthetic preferences. I don’t … Continue reading Studio Construction

Embodied Expectations

No one enters the studio empty. We bring our state of mind, our current interests, our aches and pains – and our expectations. Over the last month our our graduate seminar class we’ve had a crash course in Adobe Photoshop and this collage is the manifestation of that technical exploration. But it’s also a representation of the embodied traces of Artistic Director-ship that keep showing up in … Continue reading Embodied Expectations

The forest and the trees

About a year ago, just as I was beginning to apply for graduate school, a wonderful young choreographer named Antonia Z Brown decided to interview me for a series she was curating on an arts blog. Here’s a quote from that interview (I was responding to a question on how I define success for myself as an artist): As for internal success, I’ll talk about … Continue reading The forest and the trees