In the last couple of months, I have become more settled in my role as a writer, and I appreciate its fundamental difference from my role as a choreographer. When I write, I have a civil, moral responsibility. I need to express ideas clearly and transparently, whereas when I choreograph, I can go into my darkest corners to explore why I dance. Putting these words on paper forces me to be honest with myself.
As a choreographer, I celebrate, meditate, respond, protest, scream, cry, and laugh about life through dance. I use dance to make the audience experience, feel, think, and emote. The black box theater allows me to shatter preconceived ideas about life and lead the audience in momentarily transcending awareness of our present condition. When I choreograph, I am emotional and intuitive. As a dance educator, I search for what is essential, and I seek to reconnect people with the joy of dance. I search for each dancer’s individual voice. I love to see people bloom and develop. I am not only teaching movement but am also guiding dancers to rediscover why they dance and what they dance.
Check out my review of Einstein on the Beach at Dance Enthusiast!
Friday, September 14th, 2012, New York
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