Its a rainy day here in Philadelphia. Playing apart upon my mood, it doesn’t actually phase me at the moment. This from living in Seattle past couple years, its the days like this where I’m just use to it. I’m playing catch up with many things during this season. After last week I felt as though alot of stress had been lifted from me. This came after a quick trip to NY on last Thursday. Before the panel I stood taking note of everything that just transpired within the room. Proceeding out emotions were high and mixed but I felt a inner calm like no other. Had it come to this for me to understand who I really am? Was this appearance a reality check in confirmation that things are indeed a system. That day NY seemed a little smaller than I’d known it to be. It is now the days that lead up to something that even I don’t even know where yet. I think as an artist thats a very scary place and situation. While time in Detroit I had the pleasure of working with Cass Tech HS Dance Workshop. My approach toward choreography appeared to have changed this go around. I was developing material faster and the dancers were able to manipulate the steps with direction. I was suprised how fast the process went as by day 3 the ballet was complete. I titled the work ‘Clockwork’ in reference to my own understanding and value of time. Before I set the work I guess you could say I was doing some sort of study of myself. Taking notice of my time patterns of accomplishing just any task on a daily basis. I would glance at a clock and certain numbers would always seem to line up repeatedly just with glance. I wanted the work to show something directly systematic in terms of art being displayed in real time as a unit to allow an audience a wide range of perspective. The dancers all move together as one group as they tackle the sequences at hand. The second mood is a trio in which I based the theme on saddness. This theme is a short capture of my emotions and feelings during the past year. It could be seen as sad, or the growing pains of an individual during times of personal choice and actions. The third mood is an upbeat dream being realized. Its the recovery of ones thoughts, past ideas, and goals that comes back into view. Its the next chapter that begins with whatever dreams we want to put in it. I think this ballet shows a bit of me and who I am as a choreographer. I could only hope the audience pieces a through line through out the ballet. Its been said many times, things have a ‘beginning, middle, and end’. This ballet will then become more of a reflection of things past I had witnessed and shared.
Spring is certainly here and things are certainly in bloom. My regimen has changed in few ways and I’m starting to see results. As dancers its hard to notice visible change when we are focused on so many things at one time. One moment we stress one body part, then the next moment its another. We too spend many hours in the mirror constantly trying to capture our ideal look. In the end, its all in our minds so its a hard thing to break from. Im currently in review for material for a show in Seattle this month. The days are going fast so alot to cover. One day at a time is what I’m putting into practice at the moment.
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