I honestly had difficulty in the ‘5/8’ study – the movement theme of the prompt was unnatural to me as I move with a lot of circularity and rarely do sharp, linear movements. I found it hard to improvise movement while in this mind-frame of 5/8 meter, and that lead to a block to the creation of movement for my study – I could not figure out how to piece anything together that fit the ‘5/8’ theme that I actually felt comfortable presenting.
After weeks of creating studies in comp class, a trend becomes apparent in everyone’s movement – natural tendencies that seem comfortable to a dancer and that appear frequently in the work that they create. In examining my own movement and previous studies, I found that there are definitely things that I do that have just become synonymous with my movement style. For example of a few, my ballet background shows most obviously with my contemporary ballet style of movement; I seem to put a lot of focus onto my feet; and my head often has an upward tilt, giving myself a higher-than-eye-level focus.
My final comp study took these natural tendencies and use them to create different movement. This was later paired with my partner, Paige St. John’s work to create a duet of opposing tendencies.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Loganne Bond – an Ohio-native, OSU dance alum, and a professional dancer – for my Global Dance Community project. With my partner, Maxi Riley, we interviewed Loganne about her life and career, and from the information we gathered, gave a presentation to the freshman class with useful information about pursuing dance as a career.
For this most recent comp study, we were assigned to create a site-specific work chosen anywhere on the Ohio State University’s campus.
Today I woke up with the thought that I was having ballet this morning – I put on my leotard and tights, grabbed my ballets shoes, and was ready to get to the barre…
When I realized that my master class with Makeda Thomas was today,I cannot begin to tell you how happy I became. Today, I could dance in the way that I have grown up learning how to, and I could not wait to move like that again. I was extremely excited to take a class with Makeda and so grateful that I was able to. Her style of contemporary drew from the African diaspora, and as a result, I had one of the most fun and freeing classes in a while.
For our second assignment in Composition, we were assigned to take a trip down to the Columbus Museum of Art and find either a portrait, abstract painting, or sculpture to create our study off of. Of all the wonderful works of art, there was one that I knew immediately that I wanted to base my study on – “Kin V (Thou Dark One)” by Whitfield Lowell.
I am currently learning and focusing on filming techniques for documentaries in freshman seminar to use for my own project. In viewing the short documentary “What do I desire?” by Naseh Jrab, I was able to see how the editing, camera movement and angles, use of B-roll footage, and the use of different types of audio effected the ability of the film to portray its message.
In freshman seminar, we are currently learning about dance film and the abilities of manipulating the way one views dance in ways that are different from viewing it on a stage. Changing the angle from which the viewers see, showing only a certain range, or even distorting the image are possibilities with dance film that I am being introduced to in this class. I viewed the dance film “Reines d’un jour” by Swiss artist Pascal Magnin and analyzed the unique elements that choices that made the work.
Somebody or Nobody? Everybody and Anybody? The states of existing on this earth are distinct, but let’s face it: I’m a Nobody, you’re a Nobody, and all of us are Nobodies. Continue reading …body