As we rapidly approach the Emory Dance Company Showcase, we have the opportunity to hear from more of our student choreographers about their works in progress. They will give us some insight to their choreographic process by detailing their challenges, triumphs, and aspirations for their pieces.
This choreographic project was originally inspired by the word ‘plunge’. I began by creating a core phrase based on imagery related to the word plunge, including the phrase ‘taking the plunge’, water imagery from ‘plunging into water’, and the suction mechanisms of toilet plungers. I then asked my dancers to manipulate the movement with different dynamic and spatial qualities to create additional material and to add structure to my piece.
As we create and manipulate movement, the piece is beginning to drift away from this original idea of plunging. Nevertheless, traces of this idea still run through the piece and perhaps only time will inform whether or not this project takes on a completely different image.
I have previously choreographed solo material, but have, until now, never set choreography on other dancers. Thus, my biggest challenge for this project was putting movement together in a way that made sense to the audience and gave the piece some kind of structure. Feedback from the other choreographers was especially helpful in this regard, as they were able to pinpoint specific things that enhanced and detracted from the feel of the work. Finding music has also been a challenge. Nevertheless, these challenges have made this process very rewarding and I am incredibly excited to keep developing this work with my amazing cast and alongside the other awesome choreographers!
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