I had the opportunity to watch Richard Move in Martha. For a while I was not sure if this was a comedic show or he was dead serious, I’ve come to the conclusion that this guy is committed to his art of recreating Martha. This work gets commissioned often. It was interesting yet odd, I did learn a few things about Martha and her work after seeing it
Danish Ballet- Swan Lake
Trisha Brown’s Set and Reset-holds some similarities between Yvonne Rainer’s trio A with how simple the clothing and movements are yet there are differences as well, it is more theatrical and the use of words or song are a little different as well.
It occurred to me the other day that I have been very blessed in the sense that I have been able to dance well into my 20’s. So many people stop when they are 18. I turned 25 in January, they whole quarter life crisis thing happened when I started thinking all of these negative things in regard to my success, how I am 25 and X,Y, and Z hasn’t happened yet, and then it occurred to me that I’m still dancing. In April I will do my “last performance”, I’m a senior in college and it may very well be my last time on a stage. This will be my 5 or 6th “last performance”. When I was 10 my parents told me money was tight and after we moved I wouldn’t be able to take dance lessons again, after much crying and calling my grandpa and agreeing that my Christmas and birthday present would be him paying for my dance lessons I was back in lessons again. When I had to move again, I thought my last performance would be with my high school dance team, but we moved and I found another dance team and a new studio. When I graduated high school I wanted to be an Orthopedic doctor and thought my last performance would be that year before I started college, but college was expensive and there was a collegiate dance team that provided a scholarship if I joined so I did. I changed my major several times, and came back to dance. I’m hoping this “last performance” isn’t my last, but if it is, I’m so grateful God has provided me with this magnificent companion of dance I have had throughout my entire life, we have to fight so hard to be together, I’m hoping my major will make it so it is a constant companion in my life. I’m blessed to have a job where I can have dance be a part of my life and share it with others.
My summer is coming to a close. I am ecstatic to say I start my first day as a dance major tomorrow! I am a dancer and have danced my whole life, even a bit in college in the past, but I have not claimed it as a major and said this is what I want to do with the rest of my life until now. It is the…
I wrote this post right before I started the dance major, I needed these reminders tonight. Click on the title to be taken to the entire post.
The link above will take you to Jenna Riegal’s bio along with other dancers from the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane dance company. It as a neat experience getting to work with her, she is the petite little dancer yet when she dances she is ferocious. You would never guess how successful she is when meeting her in person, she is one of the sweetest persons I have met.
Yvonne Rainer’s movements are so simple, and while her work might not be for everyone, she provided important stepping stones for Post-Modern work. Her work is minimalist, the energy level stays about the same throughout the work. She takes simple movements like walking and standing up and make them interesting and exciting to watch by incorporating other movements with these movements.
I really did not have the opportunity to document how amazing it was to see the Martha Graham Dance Company live. It was an amazing experience. There were moments when there were tears rushing down my face, my hands were clenched in excitement, and times when my mouth was gaping wide open. Even though I have a deep respect for Graham’s work, I loved that there were other choreographers that contributed to the performance. It gave me a completely different perspective on Modern Dance. I use to think that modern was all about flexed feet, being super angular, and constantly upside down from either hanging or an inversion. Graham’s company broke all of these stereotypes. Her dancers were fluid, their feet pointed more often than not, and I did not see one inversion! It was refreshing to know that her dancers were trained ballerina’s that technique matters! It was evident in the performance. I loved every moment of it and I feel blessed I had the opportunity to attend.
Alvin Ailey Revelations. I love this company. The class I was able to take in NYC was spectacular, I hope to go back.