The Banshee

After completing our latest assignment, it turns out another compositional strength of mine is working with narrative elements.  Usually when I create movement it is just for movement’s sake.  However, I approached this assignment, using the song ” The Banshee” composed by Henry Cowell, a different way. After messing around with some movement, none of…

Playing with Meter

This past week in Composition II we have been playing with meter, specifically 3/4 time.  Our latest assignment was to compose eight measures in voluptuous, circulatory movement while keeping an even tempo and accenting downbeats. This study was challenging from start to finish.  Simply keeping an even tempo working only in silence was difficult, let alone crafting…

Final Composition Study

Earlier in the year, our Composition I class became interested in the idea of doing an “ugly” study.  Upon further thought however, we were puzzled as to how to complete such a thing.  What would make some movement “ugly” but other movement “pretty?”  Our teacher, Daniel Roberts, eventually culminated our thoughts into our final project. …

Composition Study 4

Our most recent compositional study was to create a site specific work.  Out of curiosity as to whether or not I could fit into a dryer, I chose to compose my study in the laundry room of my dorm. The only thing I ever do in a laundry room is laundry, so the movement that…

Contact Improvisation Epiphany

I hate improv.  Every insecurity I have rises to the surface and paralyzes me.  I feel that I forget how to move and dance and get stuck doing the same steps over and over again.  I have sat out during workshops before when the instructor asked us to improv; I avoid it all costs.  So…