Choreographic Honors 2017!
As this semester is coming to a close, we are so busy preparing for final performances, academic exams and our last weeks of classes! As of writing this, I just handed in my final essay (woohoo!), and am focusing all of my energy on preparing for Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors 2017 performances this weekend!
I am so honored to be presenting two of my works, “this is a reconstruction” and “in the realm of last chances” on the beautiful Peter Jay Sharp stage. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting back into the studio with my dancers, and revisiting and restaging these pieces from earlier in the year.
This is one of the most valuable learning opportunities the dance division can offer its students, in my opinion. To go from presenting a piece in a studio or a small black box theater space, to a large performance venue with lighting and stage crew is so incredible. You learn to look at your work from a different perspective, looking at how it fits into the space, how you need to light the work in order to evoke a certain idea or feeling, and putting together so many different technical and compositional elements to present very professional, put-together and strong piece of work.
We have the opportunity to work with a costume and lighting designer, stage crew, tech and spacing time on the stage, etc. As the choreographer, the responsibility falls on you not just to create a great dance, but also to put together a cohesive vision and experience for the audience. As a student, having the opportunity to learn about these things is so important for us, so we can go out into the world with these skills and experience after our time at Juilliard.
I am also always so inspired by the work of my peers. These performances showcase such innovative and diverse work, and I love seeing the experimentation, composition, thoughtfulness, and artistry that surround me everyday. It is a perfect way to close out the year, and really reflect on how lucky I am to be here, surrounded by such talent everyday.