Can I just say how excited I am for where this company is going!! Our first week was full of generating phrases. Each dancer created a phrase and then reworked it in many different ways. I gave them our base idea for our newest work and had them create movement based off those emotions, or a personal story that they can relate to. They had roughly 30 min to create phrases and then demonstrate them. From there we picked it apart and saved all the good stuff:). The next assignment the dancers had to do was different for each dancer. Some had to switch their arms and legs, some had to reverse it, some made the back of their body the front of their body and some put their whole solo into a floor phrase. I also made a phrase a taught them all my phrase. A few of them I assigned that they combine their phrase with mine by taking the first movement from theirs and then the first of mine and create a new phrase off that with the one for one idea. Let's just say they needed their coffee!
I love this process because it allows the dancers to contribute to creating the piece as artists and not just dancers performing movement that doesn't sync with how their body wants to move. Now they are able to connect with the piece and have emotions and feelings connected to it which will be seen within the work. They wont have to muster up feelings that aren't original because they will already be connected to it in a whole new light.
Right now we are having rehearsals 2-3 times a week for up to 3-5 hours each day. We are lucky enough to rehearse by the fresh ocean breeze of Marina Del Rey thanks to our wonderful Associate Artistic Director, Kaycee Jannino!
The dancers are just wonderful! Their spirits are high and excited to be creating and involved in the creation process! We are already starting to feel like a family which I love!!!
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Till next time!