Friday, July 10, 2009
Daniel Charon '09 Choreographers' Project Fellow - Week 1
I entered this process with some choreographic goals for myself. Mostly, I want to develop new and unique choreographic processes. I'm really eager to not make the same dance every time but to create something that is unique to the moment. Summer Stages offers two integral things that allows me the opportunity to try. The first is the gift of time and space, away from NYC. This gives me mental space to think, write, listen, and work. I have time to walk and bike! Secondly and hugely, is the opportunity to work with such talented and willing dancers. Their creative contribution is immense and really energizes my imagination. They try and trust and seem to have a good time which creates an easy and open environment to explore in. It makes me realize how important art is as we develop in our own lives because this young and amazing group is smart, sensitive, and able to work together. These dancers remind me how important dance is in education and society. No other art relies on one's body as the main tool of exploration. It asks us to consider ourselves both mentally and physically. It pushes us to challenge our boundaries and get in touch with what it's like to be a human being. These young artists will always be made up, in part, by their experience as dancers. They grow into good people because working together to create a piece incorporates many positive life lessons like working together to achieve a common goal, trying to get along, compassion, trust, support, and compromise, among many other things. This is what I've thought about since arriving here in Concord. So, with that being said, we've been in the studio playing games, improvising to get to know each other, learning material, lifting, talking, and working very hard. We pretend we are rocks and play hopscotch, sort of. Everyone has an unique phrase they made up based on a series of words and thoughts. We've also been faced with the demons and delight of locomotion! I've been pleased and frustrated but after only three rehearsals, things are right on schedule. More questions than answers. I guess if all the answers we're laid out in front of me that would take the fun out of it!