This series of clips offers a better understanding of my use of movement textures, musicality, staging, movement themes and motifs. It centers more on my sensibilities as a modern dance choreographer.
The excerpts are as follows:
*Renaissance High School (Detroit, MI) performing “Evolution of a Thought”
This piece started with me trying to imagine how Michelangelo must have looked up at the sky with wonder and amazement to render his masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This work was an effort to effectively illustrate how a dance can build from a single phrase of movement to translate the music while utilizing divertissements, clear motifs and themes. I also wanted to create dialogue about how artists can obsess over their work and manifesting a finished product.
**Colorado Ballet Studio Company (Denver, CO) performing “Holding Court: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin”
In the wake of the 2018 passing of Aretha Franklin this work was created to highlight the power, passion, beauty and texture of Mrs. Franklin’s voice and impressive catalog of music. This solo served as a vehicle to showcase my unique melding of Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Vernacular dance to shape work that is enjoyed by the performer and audience alike!
***Renaissance High School (Detroit, MI) performing “remembeRED”
The phrase “in the RED” speaks to a business/entity spending more than they have available on hand, placing them in debt. The subsequent dance that I created used this phrase with irony to costume and place this concept within a framework to explore residual emotions from past romances across 3 sections titled remembeRED, veeRED, and desiRED.
**Cass Technical High School (Detroit, MI) performing “Phases”
This was based on an abstraction of a thought: what happens when you are thrust into a conflux of emotions? The struggle for control of mind, body and spirit play out through movements that rise and fall in action while attempting to be controlled. Dance technique assumes the role of emotional stability, balance being the ultimate pursuit. As a soloist moves through phrases of movement, the introduction of other dancers cause variations in the movement quality and flow. The ebb and flow of the movement was designed to mimic how electroencephalogram (EEG) testing transcribes brain waves.
*Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement with the Telluride Dance Collective (Denver, CO) performing “the other side of heaven”
A stirring tribute to the victims of the 2019 Dayton, Ohio mass shooting. Having lived near the area where this shooting happened early in my career, this incident touched me personally. I wrestled with the question, how many creatives were victims on that day? How many where on their way to greatness and didn’t realize within 32 seconds their life would be over? This work was a vigil for those whose lives, dreams, and goals were unexpectedly stolen in a matter of seconds.