Rapid Eye Movement
Premiered in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's summer Dancemakers concert. This piece was created over a period of roughly six weeks during my summer MFA residency in Milwaukee. The dancers and I engaged in dream journaling over the course of the process to create movement phrasework and an original soundscore.
The Marshmallow Test
Premiered in HOT MESS: An evening of modern dance mayhem. February 2013.
Read the Stance interview with the HOT MESS choreographers here: http://velocitydancecenter.org/stance/2013/hot-mess-the-interview/
I found this show to be an opportunity to synthesize a lot of the themes that I’ve been marinating on throughout the duration of my time in Seattle: I have been working as a Montessori teacher for several years, and wanted to make a dance that physically explored early childhood development and sourced movement from the dancers’ memories and experiences but was NOT a dance where adults pretend to be children. I’ve also been very interested in creating sound/music for dance, and this piece gave me an opportunity to create my most complex soundscore to date.
Hail Mary for the Millennials
First performed at Velocity Dance Center, Seattle WA, January 2012. This piece was made possible through the Bridge Project space residency at Velocity, presented to four local emerging choreographers each year. Hail Mary was also shown as part of the Seattle International Dance Festival's adjudicated showcase of local artists, Spotlight on Seattle.
In its initial form, the dance began as a meditation on the themes of occupation and demonstration. Over the course of the residency, it evolved into a good luck prayer (a "Hail Mary" of sorts) for those in my generation who've faced joblessness, debt and general uncertainty about the future. We played with the juxtapositions of frustration and delight; powerlessness and lightheartedness, the absolute necessity of actively pursuing beauty in difficult times.
A collaborative project with Annie McGhee, premiered as part of Full Tilt 2012, an annual local choreographer's showcase commissioned by Evoke Productions in Seattle. Part physical comedy, part bird behavior study, this is a blending of Annie's and my current interests. I created the original sound score using a birdwatching CD.