February 10, 2012
Can we just talk about this for a second…
First of all, White Christmas is my all-time favorite movie. I love it so much. Second of all, I would like to thank my Dickinson dance experience for allowing me to understand the Martha Graham references. Third, when Vera Ellen taps her foot like that I pretty much die every time. So amazing. Finally, “instead of dance it’s choreography?” There’s a loaded statement.
February 10, 2012
Hey guys I’m having problems getting a comment box to appear so until I get it figured out you can email me your comments if you have them. I’m trying desperately to fix this problem but so far have been unsuccessful…
February 7, 2012
I went into the studio this week really unsure of what I wanted to do. I decided to just put on some tunes and jam, just to see what would happen. Hey, it’s one way to generate movement. I narrowed down the videos I took to my four favorite styles and took segments from each of them. I’m feeling the first two styles and the fourth song today.
Movement One: “I’m not Angry” –Elvis Costello
Movement Two: “Sleepyhead” –Passion Pit
Movement Three: “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” –The Rolling Stones
Movement Four: “The Great Gig in the Sky”
Note that I am not attached to any of these songs at all since I haven’t even really determined a vocabulary for the piece yet. I don’t want to add music until it feels right.
Here’s my second attempt to embed a video. This is week one part one. All four parts would be performed simultaneously in the space. (Sorry for my walking to turn off the camera at the beginning and end. iMovie wouldn’t open my files to edit them.)
February 6, 2012
LaToya Ruby Frazier. Wow. I have a lot of thoughts about this one actually. First of all, the photographs of Braddock were all too familiar. Northeast Ohio, the place I call home, also was hit by the decline of steel mills. Cleveland was once one of the biggest cities in the nation and prosperous at that. Now it’s not even the biggest city in the state. Granted, Cleveland has started to built itself up again—the University Circle sector is quite nice—but just an hour to the southeast, Warren is still in shambles. Without industry, Warren is dead and it actually depresses me to go through it. Their situation is pretty comparable to Braddock, except the greater Cleveland area really benefits from the superb Cleveland healthcare systems. ANYWAY Frazier’s message really hit home for these reasons.
Secondly, I loved how real she was. She describes Braddock as having gritty realism, but I find that she has it in herself just as much. I love the dark side of history and I’m glad she’s bold enough to stand up and expose it. The rawness of her statement really appeals to me, which is saying something because I usually don’t gravitate toward art that is created simply to make a statement. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I like some art that makes a statement, but I don’t like to create art that makes a statement.
February 6, 2012
“Some Rules & Hints for Students & Teachers”
You go John Cage. I’m all about addressing the seemingly-obvious. My favorite on his list? Number 9:
Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than you think.
So my philosophy. I think a lot of people could benefit from that statement. Too many people, including myself, get caught up in silly things. Be free, be happy, be yourself.
February 6, 2012
[I know I haven't posted any video yet. I'm addressing the problem. In the meantime, here's a response to some of the posted class materials.]
We actually discussed this video when I took Fundamentals of Choreography last fall but I’m commenting on it more. I would consider myself a Madonna fan and “Like a Prayer” is without a doubt my favorite song of hers. Therefore I know I viewed the video and read the Bell Hooks article with bias. It was like Bell Hooks was attacking my baby. Okay, it wasn’t that severe, but I did find myself thinking “meh, meh, meh stop picking on Madonna. Why do we have to dissect everything?” Over winter break I went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their current rotating exhibit is called “Women Who Rock,” which highlights the careers of women in music from Bessie Smith to Lady Gaga. A similar photography exhibit is on display at the Rock Hall as well. The photos were all taken by Anastasia Pantsios, a famous music photographer. Part of the caption she wrote for a picture she took of Madonna totally struck me:
Millions of words, including doctorial theses have been written about Madonna. I think they take her too seriously when she’s just good fun.
That pretty much sums up my feelings for Madonna. She makes such fun music and as a fan of hers, I can honestly say that I find her music to be just good fun. It also sums up my feelings for a lot of art, particularly in dance. I simply wish that I could create a piece of art that would be taken at face value. What if the artist never intended anything deeper than that to come out of their work?