C H O R E O G R A P H Y
I'm an investigative artist, as I continue to grow in my practice, I approach choreography from the standpoint of building an investigation. Through this exploration, I call into question the body, the mind and every intention that surrounds it in regards to the content I'm researching. It is important to me to seek to examine the emotional, political and spiritual climate that affects our daily life, and how that shapes our decision making process. Through an inquisitive lens, I hope to, by some degree, bring the spectator to a place of new revelation.
The base idea of ECHO is about two separate people on two similar journeys, these people are living their lives encountering life on two separate timelines that almost converge.
This idea formulated from a few of my own personal journeys this year. We may be experiencing similar emotions or walks of life with others, but they are never the same, and understanding these nuances are so important.
Premiered November 2, 2018
Cast: Ashli Bickford, Jessica Ray
Music: F INGERS
BLACK BEING: ITERATIONS 1 & 2
A continuation of Black Being. My interpretation of a being black, and a woman exploring birth and the expectations and stereotypes of a‘black being.’ The second iteration is an exploration into colorism.
Premiered October 21, 2018
Cast: Ashley Brown, Jessica Ray
Music: Franz Liszt
WORKING SEPARATELY/TOGETHER is a commentary on activism in 2018. With this short 7 minute work, I'm asking if it possible for us (communities, organizations) to work together to accomplish a goal with our diverse opinions and leadership styles. This question stems from our divisive U.S. political turmoil, but has always been a question of mine. I think that I was apathetic for many years regarding policy, treatment of women, and minority communities, along with several other things, however, I find my mindset shifting a bit as I see many communities rising up.
This dance is an abstract piece that will explore the possibility of working together, creating together, dissolving ideas, and breaking apart. What does it look like when we work towards a common goal separately? What does it look like when we work towards that common goal together? Can we even work together?
Premiered May 19, 2018
Cast: Julie- Batson Carter, Nina Chong, Kyla Ranney, Jessica Ray, Amber Schmiesing
Music: The Chemical Brothers