What Drives Me: The drive behind my artistic inquiry has always been how simple stories or daily life turn into something fantastic without artifice. As reader and lover of nature, my choreography is often inspired by the literary or the mundane, but as a dreamer, I find that even the simplest of ideas turn a corner into dark and mysterious places. Knitted together by the insistent drive to find the truth and honesty within my movement outside the bounds of traditional techniques, my creations challenge audiences to see the art in the world outside and to have a real emotional response to what is placed before them.
The Root of my Art: I believe that the best way I can live my life is to live with deep down and complete honesty. I ask myself, “Why did I create that step just so? Is it because it was easy, or necessary to the goal of my work?” and, “Where is this coming from? What did I find fascinating about that person on the street that I can bring into this dance?” The goal of my honest creations is to reach audiences on a level that makes them think about art as existing everywhere in their lives and in their own bodies.
The Parameters of Movement: I use Laban Movement Analysis and somatic movement practices to uncover what it means for the human body to move within and beyond it’s normal parameters. I delve into what it takes to move in and out of real danger or real sorrow or real joy. I approach the process of composition the same way. What are my parameters? Where can I go within them and where can I go around them? I relish creating works that are both defined by parameters and defy them.
Setting the Stage: Aesthetically, I lean towards defining a character within each body onstage while creating a landscape of movement that floods the space. I find that when I create art that considers the performance space from the first moment rather than trying to fit or adapt bodies and space to the choreography, that the space becomes an integral character in the piece. I love making everything from grand theatrical pieces steeped in fantasy down to simple environmental solos, but within each creation I focus on how the space around the dancers can remind the audience that any room or landscape they inhabit can be full of motion and drama. The Art of Collaboration: Each production, each dance, each day is a collaboration. Each person in the room brings something to the table and I believe that opening my process up to different forms of art creates innovation as well as the possibility to reach a wider audience. With that said, as a leader, I put a strong emphasis on structure and time in my creative process. There is always a clear goal and I stress organization within both choreographic and multi-media collaborations. These parameters are what create a clear focus for participants and allow creativity to develop in the most efficient way.
Simple inspirations, honesty in movement, setting the stage with care, mining the gifts of others and pushing everyone’s limits drives my work into new aesthetic realms with each production and defines me as an artist.