Dramaturgy Notebook: Unit 4 and Final Project

Apr. 2
Working with the undergrad comp groups today. My notes from our day together:

Initial Meeting
-their work is a combination of individual movement studies made from a basic prompt of “1 minute of movement”
– concept is unknown, but they are wondering about their identities within the choreography
– music is unknown but they’ve tried a few things
-they have a video which will be part of their stage work
– their site-specific location is the parking lot above the union south garage

In Rehearsal
Brianna, Yildiz, and I give feedback on what we see after a run: Continue reading “Dramaturgy Notebook: Unit 4 and Final Project”

Dramaturgy Notebook: Unit 3

Feb. 21
Today we talked about Raimund Hoghe’s Bandoneon and quickly spiraled into a discussion about using personal narratives as the genesis for creative projects and the agency of performers in relationship to those narratives. I found myself caught between acknowledging the violence that abstraction can impart onto people and their stories for the sake of the creative process, while also knowing as an artist that sticking too close to the facts or reality of experience often diminishes its power, sometimes even its truth. I will fully admit that I have bias towards “po-mo,” abstraction-based creative methods of making work, and I can also see how those methods are not appropriate in all situations. How I treat the stories of a group of trained, professional contemporary dancers is  different than how I work with stories of people in community-based settings. As I write this, I’m questioning why I feel a different moral obligation to 80-year-olds in a senior center than I do 28-year old professional dancers. Continue reading “Dramaturgy Notebook: Unit 3”

Middle Ground

“It matters which stories tell stories, which concepts think concepts.”

As I have spent this summer reading and mulling over various texts and resources that consider humans and their role in the natural world, this line from Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble has become an undercurrent to my thought process. Particularly when considering how or what performance or art has to do with “saving the environment” (insert sardonic tone) or any other transformative goal, the idea that how we think or imagine can affect the shape our world takes is a small remedy to the grim realization that art has limits. Continue reading “Middle Ground”

Moving and Making with Be the Street

This past spring, I had the pleasure of being a part of OSU’s Be the Street project.  An interdepartmental project focusing on themes of mobility and placemaking, this project allowed me to work with a group of older adults at the Hilltop YMCA once a week. In each session we moved, laughed, and got to know each other, and we asked ourselves, “What stories do our bodies have to tell?” From those explorations and discussions, we put together some material we wanted to share with our friends and family.

Check out our culminating event from May 6 at the Hilltop’s Third Way Cafe to learn more!