Birthday & Birth of a New Work
MAC & Company officially turned one in August! We can't believe over a year has gone by since we first started this adventure. We began with three dancers at our very first rehearsal and now have nine dancers. We produced an evening length show, as well as a site-specific First Friday performance, have traveled to another state to perform in a festival, and in various dance shows in the Phoenix area. It's has been quite a journey and having such wonderfully dedicated dancers, musicians, and a composer to work with has made MAC & Company a reality.
We keep striving to hone our craft and continue to make new work. In honor of our first anniversary of the company, we decided to take inspiration for a new piece through imagery, just as we had in our very first work ‘Interactions.’ The process began with one dancer drawing an abstract image on a page. In turn, all the other dancers added to the image. There was no direction as to how to create or add to the image, just to draw the first thing that came to their minds. This was the result:
Next, each dancer was asked to write down one word that came to mind as they looked at the image. The dancers wrote down the following:
Swirly, Mystical, Expansive, Connected, Buoyant, Soft, Wonder, Delicate
Then each dancer was asked to create a short movement phrase inspired from the image they created that had the quality of the word they wrote down. After each solo was reviewed, the dancers we broke up into two groups based on which solos complimented each other. The dancers work together in these groups to create a new phrase that combined elements from their original solos to create a group phrase. Then these two group phrases were manipulated in space using choreographic tools to deconstruct the phrase, or retrograde a phrase to begin to create a complete work. We added the music of Scarlatti and continued to manipulate the movement to fit into the phrasing of the music. Here is a sample from our rehearsal of this new work:
In our ‘MAC 2.0’ March 2016 concert we will perform this work with live accompaniment from our resident composer Dr. Jeffrey Ouper. It’s always fun for us to see a new piece come together and we look forward to presenting this new work.