Up & Dancing
Welcome to our website and our blog! We are so excited to have not only our dance company “up & dancing” but also our website. We want to send a BIG thank you to our CTO for designing and coding our entire site in such a short time. MAC is definitely proud of the way this site turned out and hopes you will agree.
We wanted to use this first blog as an introduction to who we are and topics of interest that we plan to discuss going forward. MAC and Company is made up of a small group of not only talented dancers, but musicians as well. We are interested in how the audience perceives a work based on connections between movement and music. Being dance educators, we are interested how dancers relate to music and how choosing the musical accompaniment for a dance work affects how the work is perceived. We want to explore how these choices and connections can influence choreographic process and ultimately how the audience feels after experiencing the work.
We are going to be working on short ‘Dance for the Camera’ pieces where we can explore musicality and the choreographic process. As with any modern dance form, it is difficult to classify with an exact definition, but ‘Dance for the Camera’ work is a type of dance that is made specifically to be filmed and can only exist as a video because of editing used to create the work. In video dance works, movement is the language of the video and the purpose is to focus the viewers’ eye on specific movements that the choreographer chooses. Movement can be pedestrian, or have a specific dance vocabulary, or the movement of the camera itself can become part of the dance. ‘Dance for the Camera’ works are not a documentary style video that shows a complete live dance work or a journalist medium to profile a company or person. Instead it is a dance that exists not in a live setting but only in a fictionalized video format to be viewed only in this medium. Editing allows the creative process to go beyond just what is filmed and deepen the multiple layers that create the work. These works can be experimental or narrative in nature and are yet another way to be creative when choreographing a modern dance work.
MAC & Company is invested in dance education and practices and we hope to bring more awareness to the creative process and educational methods we use. We find growth each and every time we set out to choreograph a work and are continuously experimenting with how to disseminate this information to dance students and the community so they can experience the choreographic process as well. We plan to go ‘Into the Mind’ of the choreographer and explain where we get our inspiration for dance works and the methods we use to create movement phrases that eventually turn into a complete dance piece. Hopefully, this will add some clarity for new choreographers and our audience to get a ‘backstage’ look and understand dance works fully.
We hope that you will join us on this journey as our new company explores the many forms of dance performance. MAC is excited to bring our perspectives on dance to the greater arts community and appreciate your support. Look for our next blog on our first short ‘Dance for the Camera’ work titled ‘Footwork.’