In making my final study, I have realized how much I have grown as a choreographer and dancer in this class. I found that I have learned so many techniques for generating and using movement material. All the lessons I have learned have found their way into the process of my final compositional study. I see my final study as a culmination of all the topics, discussions, and viewings of this course.
Of the concepts that I have been introduced to in Analysis thus far, I am most interested in the area of Laban Movement Analysis. This concept is the most interesting to me because of its openness to interpretation and ability to be applied to all types of movement. Defining and describing the body, space, and effort qualities of movement are way more appealing to me compared to Labanotation or Motif notation. There is something about language that can closely capture the feel of movement and that cannot be translated into a score.
By reflecting on the challenges I had when composing my previous studies, I feel that I have gained a better understanding of my creative process. I have found that the challenges I have with my studies typically correlate natural tendencies that can be considered strengths in different situations.
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.
This project of creating my short documentary was a level up from the last project of making my dance film with the goal to gather some information and share it via film. Finding my topic and obtaining the information was the easier portion of the project; tattoos are such an interesting topic to me and immediately came to me as my topic idea. Then all it took was a little searching and asking around to find someone to be the subject of my film. I thought of a few questions and filmed an interview with my person.
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.