Inspiration for ‘Interactions’
We recently had our first showing of our first work as a company and we thought it might be fun for this blog to discuss our inspiration behind the piece ‘Interactions.’ We started with three images that we drew using three different ink shades on paper.
We started the creation of the piece with only three dancers and each of us chose one image that we most connected with. Then we each created a phrase to represent the design of the images. We each watched the others’ movement phrases and wrote down two words to describe the energy of the movement. Each dancer was then given two opposite words to perform their movement phrase again but with a different quality based on the descriptive words. For instance, Li Pei chose the Red Circles. The first time she performed her phrase the other dancers described her movement as ‘elevated’ and ‘flowing.’ She then was tasked to perform her movement phrase again in a manner that was ‘grounded’ and ‘flat.’ Yara chose the Green Lines and Circles and her movement phrase was described as ‘purposeful’ and with ‘intention.’ She was then tasked to perform the phrase in a ‘lethargic’ and ‘leisurely’ manner. Micaela chose the Purple Lines and her phrase was described as ‘stuck’ and ‘subtle.’ She was then told to perform the phrase in an ‘experimental’ manner with ‘fluid details.’
The two versions on the solo phrases were shown in sequence becoming one new movement phrase for each dancer. Then each dancer was told to add three pauses into the new movement sequence and they had to repeat one specific movement in the phrase three times before moving on. This added nuances to the flow of each movement phrase and allowed for the three solos to be performed at the same time and set into the space. Each dancer would start at a different time and the pauses allowed the viewer a way to move between each dancer without have to watch all three solos simultaneously.
This is how the opening of ‘Interactions’ was created. We have since added a fourth dancer to the piece who also chose the Green Lines and Circles to create her own solo for the opening of the dance. Piece of the solos are interwoven in other choreographic material throughout the continuation of the piece and were the building blocks to develop new group phrases. The piece took on another dimension with the addition of costumes and a ‘Birdnado’ installation, but we will leave those details as a mystery for our next live performance in March.