In winter 2012-2013, I set my mind to putting Intimations Dance out there, to keeping making new work and finding opportunities to share it. I sent out application after application to various festivals and programs. I guess I didn't expect so many 'yeses' to come back, but I am grateful that they have, one being the Dance for World Community Festival.
For the past month or so, we've been working on creating a new work entitled "The Last Bird". We are exploring environmental degradation through a few different lenses--- embodying birds caught in trash island or oil spill on one level; on another level, we are thinking of family dynamics, like when you're at the dinner table and one person agrees that the Keystone Pipeline for example is a great idea, or defends BP or Exxon in a conversation about recent oil spills... Trying to figure out the best way to tell a story about environmental concerns at present, with the body in motion in space.
I started developing movement language to draw from towards the end of April with birds in mind. Here is a video excerpt:
We've since continued to develop that language and use it as a base to structure the piece. Eggs hatch, fly and flock, one leaves, returns... miasma, redemption/cleaning, in as usual, a matter of a few short rehearsal hours at Green Street Studios. The most exciting part about this process has been meeting and working with new dancers. I always enjoy working with dancers who can create right there in the studio with me, add to the choreography, change it as needed for better flow and transitions, dancers who are integral to the choreographic process itself.
Here is a snippet from rehearsals with the dancers:
If you're in the Cambridge area this weekend, head out to Stage 4 of the Dance for World Community Festival at the Cambridge Common to see us premier "The Last Bird" at 1:20pm.