Call & Response
+ On Dance & Performance
On Dance & Performance
We all make something out of nothing.
I'm starting Call & Response with a simple idea; I want to write
about dance, performance, and the people who make it.
In truth, I want everyone in the entire world to love attending
dance performances; I want everyone in the entire world to have patience
for performance, to experience thrill upon a performers' discovery,
to relate contemporary performance with the performances of their
ancestors, and to need a constant connection to viewing the manifestation
of another persons' ideas into movement and staging. I want us all
to expect meaning and I want us all to be satisfied when there is
no meaning to be found. I want everyone in the entire world to love,
to NEED and to read of choreographers and performance the way we
love and need food and sex. I want us all sated and I want us all
I will interview dance makers and talk of their histories, processes,
and burning desires. I will write about what contemporary dance is
and can be. I expect my ideas will alter and clarify as I go.
In full disclosure, I think too much writing about dance is scholarly
and narrowly focused; too Western in ideal and perspective. Interpretation
in dance writing often outweighs respect for the unknown, which
sways readers and audiences into needing performance to make sense
in a way other than what the choreographer offers, and the strict
adherence to a linear time frame in alot of dance writing undermines
the almost true fact that choreographers and dancers have the ability
to stop time, to speed it up, to slow it down... I think dance writing
can be more aligned with dance and performance, can acknowledge the
time put into creating a performance piece, and usurp the tradition
of critique as final word.
I grew up in Alaska, am of Yup'ik decent and live a Native worldview
that is close to my heart and largely determines my interactions
with power, dominant structures, natural forces and art. I am a
choreographer and make nonlinear, though often narrative based, contemporary
dance work. I believe in the act of performing and I believe in the
act of making dances, in every form and style that exists and is
yet to exist.
Though I have rehearsed, studied, created, produced, thought, written
or talked about dance every single day since February of 1995, I
am in no way an expert. I will only offer some ideas and a place
for dance makers to say what they are thinking.
So here I am, starting with nothing but a simple idea and a brand
new forum with which to work; with no real expectation about what
Call & Response will be, but with very high hopes...