The New Year means I am moving into the next two phases of my Moving Dance Forward project. Between now and June I will be working on some ensemble choreographic research and a new digitally interactive solo work. Both projects are all about testing process, ideas and understanding outcomes; including the very unexpected. As an artist, experimentation is such an important part of eventually finding quality outcomes.
When entering into a creative process I try to find a balance between planning and letting go to what emerges, in the rehearsal space. I certainly do enter the space with points of departure. Often these are connected to subjects, topics, issues and questions I have an interest in. Sometimes I understand why these are fore for me, and sometimes I listen to what’s emerging into my awareness of thought and don’t ask too many “why’s”. I just let myself listen. The why’s do come up later however, as I start to define what is right for the work that is emerging.
“As an artist, experimentation is such an important part of eventually finding quality outcomes.”
This research project is about having several points of departure that demand the development of diversity in process. This approach consequently supports me in questioning creative methodologies and philosophies, as well as creating ‘signature’ outcomes. This project is ultimately about experimenting across a breadth of thought and testing ideas to become clearer in: my artistic interests, my communicative interests, and the processes that lead me to the creation of strong artistic content.
I am looking forward to my ideas becoming far more grounded, embodied and practical when in the studio.
This process has started this week – which is exciting. I am spending time in a studio alone at times, as well as with other performers. I am simply trying different ways of making, seeing what outcomes these methods produce, and considering what I might like to develop further. Once further into the process, I feel I will be able to share more stories of discovery, what themes and concepts are emerging, and the joys and challenges that come up along the way. Until then…