Personally, I have been making a LOT of dance during these uncertain times. It seems that by creating movement and investing in my creations, I am maintaining my own sense of normalcy in a world that currently feels as abnormal as can be.
I’ve ALWAYS been a maker, a doer, a creator. On big stages or in small bodega corners, my mind is always making things. I decided to invest in what it is that I use in my process of “making” and my hope is that it might encourage others to do the same. And, just maybe, we can take a page from each other’s books.
In the making of things, I am challenging myself and, in challenging myself, I am holding myself accountable by writing these ideas, concepts, and challenges down.
For me, it starts in one of two ways. Either a song “finds me” - aka, I hear it over and over, and take that as the Universe telling me to make up some moves to that song, or I create a gesture or series of movements to a specific moment in a piece of music that I later decide to expand upon. I’ll give some recent examples of both of these that have occurred in the past few weeks. During the first week or two of quarantine, it seemed that every time I went anywhere in the car or came downstairs from my room or was in a place where I was not in control of the music that was playing, “The Bones” by Maren Morris would come on. I just had to take this as a sign to make SOMETHING to it, because why would the Universe keep sending me this song? Another time, I was listening to “Call Off Your Dogs” by Lake Street Dive in the shower and I made up maybe four counts of choreo, and later expanded upon that impulsive idea.
A typical choreography process, FOR ME (and, in no way, do I claim that this is THE way - I desperately want to hear about YOUR ways) looks like this:
So often, as dancers and choreographers, we are tempted to throw something together just for the sake of getting it done. But the real magic happens in the EDITING. It is only in the watching and the editing that we boil it all down to something we are really certain we want to invest in.
A few other choreographic techniques that I am teaching myself to implement are:
Will you share them with me?