As some of you probably know and others may not, I’m a dancer. I’ve been dancing sense age 4 and have built up quite an impressive resume over the years. I love performing, being on stage, directing, choreographing, etc. However, I’ve always had a hard time sharing my work while it’s in progress… or really sharing my work any other way but live. I’ve decided that is something I want to work on- to overcome. While I think dance, and most live performing arts are better live I know there is a huge outlet for it via video, online, etc. I’ve decided, that to overcome this fear and to get my work seen by a few more eyes, I will work on releasing various performances, pieces, and clips of work here on the blog!
I’m starting with a piece I did a few years ago that is truly one of my favorites and one that I would love to put on the stage again. “Shaded Blue” was choreographed in 2012 at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA as an assignment for my Choreo. 2 class. The semester before in Choreo. 1, I set a piece about my father and our struggle with his cancer and the aftermath of losing him. That work, “Holding On/ Chasing Dreams” was an emotionally charged piece that above anything else was a way for me to express what I had been through. After working on a piece so deep and personal, I wanted to create a piece that was just movement for the heck of it! Phrases that felt really good in the dancers bodies and didn’t tell a deeper story. Something that moved and was happy and beautiful, creative and flowing. I actually wrote out all the choreography on an airplane. I could just see the piece in my head, I didn’t need to feel it in my body, I already knew what was coming next. This quartet is set to an original piece of music by Kyle Lacy, titled “Iceberg Shade of Blue”. In a way, we collaborated on creating the perfect track for the final performance, editing sound levels, length, vocals, etc. It was exciting to create a new dance to a new piece of music, I was able to pull inspiration from the raw music and share the work of another artist. The performers are all friends and fellow dance majors from Agnes. Setting this work on them was fun and in many ways, easy, because we could all communicate and just play in the early stages of choreography to create some movement that was personal and individualized for each dancer.
And now I have to share!! Click here, here, or HERE to see the Promo short for “Shaded Blue”. This is a 1 minute clip that should spark your interest and make you want to see the whole dance… Then you can click This, that, or the other for the full length video!!! I hope you enjoy 🙂 (yes- everything in orange is a hyperlilnk to my youtube channel and the indicated performance video. You have plenty of options on where to click…. and hopefully you will watch more then once!)
I was constantly inspired and loved working on this piece of choreography. But I know it does not stand alone. I have begun work on a new solo which is a sister piece to “Shaded Blue” and may be one of three in total! Exciting things are happening and I plan to keep sharing, so keep an eye out for more “Sharing is Scary” entries that will contain snippets of new work and progress as well as (hopefully) thoughts and insight on my process.
Please do continue to read, share, follow, like, and comment!
love always, Christiane
And if you read this far, you get a bonus- here is a special release 15 second clip of the new solo http://instagram.com/p/sEIFF2m4EL/
Enjoy and know there is more to come!