Entering Now (2007) was my thesis concert at the University of Utah. It was a shared evening with Shannon Mockli. A few ideas I was working with at the time:
- Scores and set material within the same work to learn more about how ways of being in performance changed as dancers shifted between the minds evoked/needed by each.
- Contact improvisation scores inspired by aspects of Laban Movement Analysis that I rarely experienced/observed in Contact dances.
- Download a pdf version of my written thesis, How Contact Improvisation Can Inform the Creative Process and Enliven its Product
- Below is an excerpt from “Guarded”, duet that closed the evening. It is sister to the solo “Guarding” from earlier in the concert. We were dropping into gender norms and disrupting traditional gender roles where men mainly lift women. Unison, set and scored material, gendered costumes, both of us lifting each other, all in the same dance to both reinforce and undo sameness and difference, memory and right this minute-ness, from one moment to the next.