I design dance performances and facilitate collaborations that examine human connections and foster community. I present portraits of people and communities, whether real or imagined, in non-linear, yet relatable movement compositions. My focus on human connection and community is not just the end product; it is also integral to my creative vision. I assemble dancers, musicians, visual artists, and designers who might not otherwise work together to bring into existence a communal creative process. This new "communal artist" then produces art that reflects not only its own communal voice and vision, but is also a reflection of the greater community in which the individual artists and audience members exist.
As an artist as well as in my prior work as an administrator of network technology, I have been interested in exploring and understanding connections, what physical components that make a connection and how these connections develop, sustain themselves, and in some cases dissolve. Currently in my career, I make works that are either solo pieces or large ensembles of more than twenty performers. In both scenarios, the creative process is the same with the end goal of finding connections to self and community. I begin with a loosely structured outline of movement sections as a beginning guide for which performers explore a dynamic spectrum of effort qualities ranging from sustained stillnesses, subtle gestures, and explosive traveling sequences. Through dialogue and rehearsals, performers reveal to me their strengths as well as the boundaries of what they think and what they know they can physically deliver. Together we discover a physicality that communicates personal, authentic energy for site-responsive pieces in venues such as proscenium stages, art galleries, neighborhood backyards, guest bedrooms, or the camera.
My latest work focuses on the effort of interface wherein I look at technology as a tool and examine its function as a point of interface, specifically with regards to the proximity of human connection. I am particularly interested in the effort that involves both a technological component and a human component - how convenient, how easy, how much honest effort do we allow ourselves in order to be connected? While, my recent work examines the instance of interface, I am in the broadest sense always questioning how accessible – as humans and as artists – we actually want to be to each other.
Photo: Shawn Hodges