Choreographing for Juilliard Dance Division's New Dances: Edition 2014
Creating new work this fall for The Juilliard School Dance Division
I'm thrilled to be working with Juilliard, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, to create a new piece for the Dance Division's 3rd year students this Fall.
In the Studio: Tribe vs. Individual
I'm working with a large group (23 dancers!) so I’m imagining the contrast of macro and micro worlds - what reads en masse versus what can be communicated by one or two unique dancers. I have 12 women and 11 men and I’m also excited to see what I can do with that balance/imbalance of energy. Gender always fascinates me - and the ways we do and don’t naturally fit its confines.
The notion of tribe is a challenge as I always long to learn about the specific people I see onstage instead of generalizing them. I wonder if I can extrapolate the essential nature of my work - the fluid and immediate dynamics that rise up in relationship - to broader group behavior without a loss of immediacy?
I've been listening to Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber's "Passagalia for unaccompanied violin” from the Rosary Sonatas played by the English violinist Andrew Manze. It’s spare and single-voiced yet spans huge emotional territory. It has exquisite religious intonations, of course, and yet it also sounds to me like an individual is thinking or feeling out loud in a viscerally authentic way.
Come see this new work, November & December 2014
I’m deep in early process, assisted by longtime KWCo member Douglas Gillespie, and we’re excited to see where we can travel with these talented young dancers. You have two opportunities to see what we make!
Photos by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang