Last spring a few of us were selected to choreograph in place of the faculty concert at NYU. We pitched ideas, auditioned dancers, and got right to work at the beginning of this semester. I had no idea how influential this experience would be for me until I was deep into the process. Being away from Kyle has been incredibly difficult. We endured our first deployment as a married couple and we still continue to live apart while I finish graduate school. Having this piece to focus all of my energy on was honestly a saving grace. I am so incredibly thankful for the team of people who made this possible, and I don’t know that I will ever be able to thank them enough.
November 19th, 2016
Tisch School of the Arts – Jack Crystal Theatre
choreography by me
dancers: Eury German, Emma Massarelli, Maddie Parrish, Marlaina Riegelsberger, Alexi Salazar, Phil Strom, Kirsten Gianna Webb, Alex Wood
costume design: Ntokozo Kunene
lighting design: Dallas Estes
music is “Outlier/EOTWS_Variation1” by 65daysofstatic
film by Tisch Dance and New Media
photos by Bailey Rosa
a little more about the piece:
the effects of mental disorder. what emotions we go through coping with people in our lives who are no longer the same. trying to remain sympathetic to the fact that they are still in there somewhere, and what they might be experiencing is something we may never understand.
we can still love them anyway and we can accept the fact that it’s okay to move forward.
my inspiration for the structure of the work came from images of FMRI scans – studying the patterns of blood flow through the brain; comparing what a normal brain looks like opposed to discoloration in a brain that is struggling.
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