Performance • Philadelphia, PA, USA •
“In my creative life, I am a freelance dancer, choreographer and writer.”
Unraveled Artist Interview:
Q: What is your philosophy on dance? If you do not have one, please talk about that instead.
A: Dance is an imperative element of my life routine. It falls in a beautiful intersection between fitness and soul rejuvenation. I dance to reconnect with my rawest self and to break from the restrictions of polite society by becoming something inhuman or sexy or silly. I highly recommend experimenting with a form of dance regularly. Trained or untrained, you are going to have a great time.
Q: What feelings affect you and influence you the most?
A: My performance persona is largely influenced by feelings of strength, confidence, playfulness, and flirtation. Growing up in the classical ballet world, this consistently put me in roles like Arabic, Spanish and Chinese during the Nutcracker season; however, outside of the classics, it has steered me toward work with fun, innovative choreographers who are trying to break the frigid ballet stereotype.
Q: How do you understand the interface between sound and visual?
A: The interface between sound and visual is analogous to a romantic relationship. Sometimes the sound supports the visual. Other times the visual fuels the sound. Sometimes they work symbiotically. Other times they are in the same room doing their own thing.
Q: Briefly explain how you begin your creative process and how you decide when something is done.
A: My creative process starts with collecting media – videos, music, images. Anything that resonates with me gets compiled in a folder on my desktop. From there, I try to identify trends in my creative database – perhaps a color palette or texture that keeps popping up – and then I explore the feelings these commonalities evoke.
More often than not I decide when something is done when the deadline arrives. I understand that this is not ideal, but I do not like to let go of my work until the last possible second. In my mind, there is always room for improvement.
Q: Do you believe in the process more than result or result more than process? Why?
A: As a dance performer, the process has consistently been more satisfying than the result. It is through the process that I experience the most growth and connection with my fellow artists. Sharing the result with an audience is exhilarating, but the more memorable part is collaborating to achieve a common vision.
Q: Why do you value being part of an independent artist community?
A: I value being part of an independent artist community because the work produced by its members feels genuine and fresh. I am also addicted to the exciting energy of these artists’ projects.
Q: What is the range of methods, materials and styles you are most comfortable working with?
A: I will try anything within reason. Recording the sound of someone unicycling to Serbian folk music to create a sample for a disco hit that will be used to choreograph a clogging number? I’ll bring the clogs!
Q: How can people support you further?
A: I will happily respond to performance invitations and messages sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.