We performed a new piece I choreographed yesterday at the 30th Annual Mayfair, an open air gathering in Harvard Square, Cambridge, featuring local vendors, food, musicians and dancers performing on outdoor stages throughout the day. The stages are set up in the middle of intersections, transforming the streets from a car thoroughfare to an art-making, art-sharing, cooking, eating and walking space.
I set out to create new work for this festival, and yet it seemed as though 'the dance gods' (as one of my dancers put it) were challenging it's existence. The choreography was already based on my own personal reflection on setting out to create new work, and logitiscally one of our rehearsals was cancelled due to a dress rehearsal, another due to the Boston Marathon bombings, and a dancer who works in healthcare was scheduled for a double shift at the last rehearsal.
I decided to title the piece "It almost wasn't", because it almost wasn't. Yet we were so thankful to have dance and each other to create with during such a difficult time in our city.The piece became more about our dancing in community with each other, and creating new work to be proud about, as dancer Deana Bramley said so rightly before stepping on the stage.
Title: "It almost wasn't"
Choreographed by: Intimations Dance
Dancers: Deana Bramley, Megan Countey, Jessica Muise and Cara Spilsbury
Music: Christian Kleine - "Bitter Things"
Arm elbow starts only
Elbow turn head whips to
Parallel arm reaches up, hip pulls to one side takes you in a running circle back to starting spot
Elbow turn head whips again
Reach up step forward to jump and fall
Pop out to catch weight on hands
Jump and roll over knee to get up
Sweep leg back from roll up
Other leg up, reach up, lean back
Switch weight, wrapping arms
Inside single turn arms slicing together