Devotion (2021) commissioned and performed by Axelrod Contemporary Ballet at Bell Works, NJ. Original score by Chris Becker played live by the Axelrod Chamber Musicians.
This dance was the first group piece that I made live during the pandemic.
It was also the first public performance by these beautiful dancers in over a year and a half. Inspired by the resiliency of the performing arts community, “Devotion” is just that – dance as a devotional practice.
This August 2018, I began physical research into a piece on dance ecology and cultivation which was shown at Norte Maar’s Dance at Socrates festival in New York City. The dance was performed to Arvo Part’s Fratres and Wendell Berry’s beautiful articulation in poetry, History. Below is a bit about my current process:
I am improvising now. Mostly solo work in intentional landscapes but at times, with other movers as well. Improvisation sounds simple. “Just make it up!”, right? But the action of improvisation that I aspire to, comprises less of making it up and more of listening to the movement urges coming from my charged, expressive body. After forty years of intentional cultivation through repertory, my physical form, musicality, and spatial sense are all poised to conduct improvisation, to mine the moment and discover action through relational choices that my body-mind, mind-body is making.
The pictures and video attached were taken by Steven Speliotis and Reiko Yanagi.
This video by Steven Speloitis shows bits of The Martha Graham Dance Company rehearsing Maple Leaf Rag, which was choreographed by Graham with music by Scott Joplin. It is a fun dance which I have had the pleasure to perform many times with my partner, Maurizio Nardi!
The Dance Films Association selected me as artist-in-residence at the Art Mill in Jeffersonville, NY. There, I collaborated with designer and videographer Josh Higgason on a video performance piece titled Waterfall with sound score by composer, Chris Becker. Everything about this work was improvised and experimental for me. It facilitated a shift in my self-view as an artist by working in new-to-me ways with movement, nature, societal norms and performance art.
Sensing, feeling and responding to the force and temperature of the water allowed me to let shapes emerge. Initiated as a video dance project, in the process of doing it changed form into a meditative space of being in water. I would like to explore this kind of dance environment more as my body of work develops.