In Process: Solo/duet reflection 1

I first met Suzy while in undergrad at LMU. I was going through a very long, very rough time and was clearly not fitting in with ... the vibe of the program. While most dancers took that as a sign to steer clear, Suzy decided to claim me -> there is something awe-inspiring about someone who can look at turmoil and see strength. Since then, Suzy has always been one of my favorite people to dance with, be with ... exist with in any way, shape, or form. Typically, she has always taken the lead and choreographed on me, and even when I was collaborating with her, it was still very much her vision, her project, her work. Once this 30-minute project began to take shape in my brain, I knew I needed to collaborate with her on a solo/duet where our previous relationship would be altered and challenged. Our dancing together has always felt very natural and in sync, but this will be the first time that our dance has resulted from my stimulus.

 

Our first rehearsal together was spent catching up and checking in, going over a warm-up I'm creating, discussing my impetus for this work, and creating some initial movement. The movement was generated by a mutual love of floor work, disregarding any sense that our getting off the floor soon would be more pleasurable for the audience, and recognizing the YASSSSS moments in each other when something emerged that felt good AND looked like it felt good. After reflecting on what creating the movement was like, watching the video, and thinking back on what was discussed, I realized that our movement and language had synced up with this motif of knotting/crumbling/getting caught and emerging/spreading ... similar to how I would even describe the foundation of our relationship... Getting caught and taking up space anyways. Getting caught and getting yourself out, through, up, away. Getting caught, being caught, and using that to move through and move on ....

Being fierce, self-love, celebrating recognition, being caught, moving through, moving on....

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