the journey to [insert title here]

This semester I had a dream. I wanted to make a new quartet exploring themes of categorization and quantification. It would be rigorous yet somehow still messy and human. I had A LOT of complicated conceptual ideas, some juicy movement, four talented and eager undergraduates as well as a brilliant dramaturg (theater PhD student). I also wanted the dance to be responsive to the audience: kind of … Continue reading the journey to [insert title here]

Snapshot: Tuesday April 4, 2017

6:45am Foam Roller-ing and Pilates 8:35am Pedagogy: Presentation from colleagues on Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed – largely a seminar-style class discussion methods for applying the model to studio dance classes. Fascinating and complex – a lot to unpack. 10:30am Partnering Master Class with Tiffany Mills: An OSU MFA alumna, Mills has a company in NYC and stopped by to offer a partnering class … Continue reading Snapshot: Tuesday April 4, 2017

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host – a brief description

As part of my History/Theory/Literature of Postmodernism class with Dr. Hannah Kosstrin we are required to hone our movement description skills through short writing assignments on specific performances. Since I am a big fan of both Monica Bill Barnes and Ira Glass, I was thrilled to write about Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host: Clad in sneakers with costumes that ranged from sequined dresses to … Continue reading Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host – a brief description

Snapshot

This blog is intended to be a reflection of my time in graduate school. But what happens when there is literally no auxiliary time to devote to updating the blog? For now, snapshots: one day, one list, no omissions. Tuesday February 28 7:15am Pilates workout 8:35am Pedagogy: Discussion of program assessment and goals within a department, program and course 10:30am Ballet: Skill-building barre, rewarding adagio, … Continue reading Snapshot

Outside the classroom, inside the studio

In addition to creating, writing, moving and rehearsing for class-related assignments/projects, I’ve also been spending time in the studio just moving around. Most of my improvisational material is undocumented and purely for my own catharsis; a time to let my body lead my mind and to test the boundaries of the concepts I have been receiving daily in technique (and improvisation) classes. For the purposes of this blog … Continue reading Outside the classroom, inside the studio

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

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