Compositional Strengths

After our first couple of studies we were finally able to move onto the floor.  That was a particularly exciting day because floor work is one of my strengths.  I am a resilient dancer so movement into and out of the floor is satisfying to me; Sofie Clemmensen’s movement is some of my favorite.  There…

Dido and Aeneus

This past weekend I performed in the opera Dido and Aeneus in a collaboration of the Department of Dance and the Department of Music.  Twenty chorus members, twelve dancers, nine opera singers, and an orchestra came together to put on five shows of this production, not to mention the choreographer, director, and crew.  It was a…

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…

Music and Sound

Over the past few weeks I have been learning about music and sound and how they tie into dance. Through discussions with my peers I have found it interesting that some prefer to choreograph movement and then find music to fit that movement, while others find inspiration for their movement in the music. I would…