As I prepare to present my piece for the October Choreographic Workshop, I can't help but feel a little bittersweet about the whole process. Each workshop you get the chance to come together with new and old friends alike in order to collaborate in new and wonderful ways. The end result always being the manifestation of some unique idea or feeling. After all, dance itself is simply thought and emotion made flesh. However, unlike other physical works of art, dances are performed and then just as quickly disappear. We have all these thoughts and ideas, feelings and desires, we express them, and then just like that it's time to let them go. I'll admit, sometimes it's hard. The good news is that when we let go of things in life, we make room for other exciting things.
And here at Juilliard, there are PLENTY of other exciting things to go around. As soon as the performances for October Choreographic Workshop are finished with, I immediately begin rehearsals for November Choreographic Workshop. In this workshop I'll actually be performing a piece for a change, as I was asked to perform in a work that will be choreographed by a dear friend of mine, and since I love dancing just as much as I love choreographing there was no way that I could refuse the offer. As far as I'm aware it will be a duet for two men, and there will be some amount of prop usage, which equally terrifies and excites me.
Another new addition to my schedule in the coming days will be rehearsals for New Dances. New Dances is (in my mind) no doubt the most iconic dance performance of the year here at Juilliard. We bring in four choreographers (one per class) who are currently out working in the field to come in and create a 20-30 minute piece for the entire class. It's a wonderful opportunity to work with your entire class in the creation of a new work, and it's also a great way to make connections into the outside dance world. My class will be working with Gentian Doda, and I'm extremely excited to see what we create together.
In the meantime, rehearsals for the Choreographers & Composers program will continue. Commonly referred to as “choreocomp,” this program gives a great chance to get some cross-divisional collaboration going as it pairs up third year choreographers with third year composers in order to create a brand new dance piece with an original score. Having music composed specially for your piece is a rarity in the dance world, so it's a wonderful opportunity to be given the time and space to explore that avenue of creation.
So even though I have to say goodbye to some things, I'm fortunate to be able to invite (quite a few) new things into my life. I look forward to keeping you all updated on how everything progresses! Thanks for reading and be sure to check back next week for more posts!
Juilliard Dance - Class of 2020