For most of my adult life, I have wanted to move my work and education in a direction into which I can more effectively use my knowledge as a dance artist, to shift gears into a more humanitarian and civic minded field. Especially since last November, I have struggled with concepts of the purpose of art. What kind of change can art affect? How do we make our art matter? Or is all art inherently purposeful?Read More
We're excited to get this new work off the ground. After several months in creative incubation, production has begun for a premiere & evening of new works in July 2017. Stay tuned by subscribing to our newsletter. Otherwise, enjoy this work-in-progress showing at Arts On Site with support from Bridge & Olive Dance.
A statement on movement creation & the responsibility of being a choreographer:
This article was intended to be a statement about my movement philosophy, so that I could help others understand how I create and what I teach through dance. It took a turn, because I realized that a greater purpose exists for a choreographer. I wanted to share this with you:
When I create movement, I start from a place of curiosity. I want to know what is happening now in this body and how that can be translated to the outside world. I ask myself questions about what I see in the world, how I feel about it, and how that affects my life.
This approach, at least initially, makes my work very autobiographical. It is an expression of a personal story, experience, or emotion that is present in the body of who I fully am at that time in space.Read More
The real challenge here, is that I think every new parent struggles with the life, work, parent balance. But I do believe there is something essentially different about this experience as an artist. Regardless of your craft or the level to which art and creation play a role in your life, your art and that creation/expression suddenly have to take a far lower priority, and it is easy to allow it to get so low that it drops off altogether.Read More
What I love about this life, though, is that I live on that edge where chaos and order meet. This is the edge where creativity happens, innovation occurs, and beauty manifests. This is where I thrive. And, in a world where there is so much chaos and so much opportunity, the biggest challenge I have is staying constantly present with what I am doing - to do, as I say often, 'Be Here Now.'Read More