Before I enter a process, I’m asked the question how would you describe this dance that has not yet come into being? Each dance I make crystallizes at a different point in time, sometimes months into the process, sometimes right before it is performed. I realized particularly with It’s not raining, it’s Tuesday, I often find myself hoping the dance describes itself, as I’m just as interested in how the audience can describe the dance as much I can describe what I’ve just made. Here’s my attempt to describe what I was working with on this dance.
My vision of utopia is in the studio, where moving bodies and interrogated language form new, never before seen realities. Taking heed to Stephen Duncombe’s observation that “utopians too often consider people as organic material to be shaped, not as willful agents who do the shaping,” I invite people into the studio that desire to be agents of change within the process, purposefully reinvigorating and rattling my own and others’ perceptions. My role as a choreographer becomes creating a space where “individuals are possessed by a strong impulse to speak words and show their bodies”1, and to identify containers for definition and meaning, which are consistently being modified and recreated.
1 From Tadashi Suzuki’s, Culture is the Body.