Hello again from Summation Dance!
I’m writing this blog from the comfort of my obligatory day job’s cubicle, in which I transcribe for the hearing impaired. Strangely, due to a lack in the hearing-impaired population that actually employs our service, I spend most of the day reading. I’m averaging a book a week so far, and recalling the grand feeling of accomplishment that used to accompany this feat in my formative years. Perhaps I shall fashion a gold star for myself.
Conveniently, this also gives me time for some mental choreography/problem-solving/narrative-building/video studying fun. In the studio, we are trudging along with the new piece, working in greater detail than before, which can be tedious but lends for a more satisfying overall effect. In my opinion, of course…
Setting out on what is meant to become an evening-length work is daunting, although I sometimes feel like it’s out of my hands. Not that I’m not constantly thinking and processing, but in some ways the dance makes itself…with a bit of help, of course, from myself and the dancers. And trusted outside eyes. And treats. Always treats. Trial and error is our best friend, and repetition a trusty companion. The unknown is both scary and limitless, but it’s gonna be a fun ride!
I’ll leave you with a quote I read in my most recent conquest (and really awesome read!), Lost in the Jungle, by Yossi Ghinsberg: “Fear will show you the way; walk steadily toward it, for otherwise you will always be running. Have trust and faith to guide you like a torch piercing darkness. Do not believe, and do not deny, but find out for yourself–for there is no truth but the one you have earned in your own experience.”