Cubicles are for Choreographing

Sumi Clements in rehearsal. Photo by David Andrako.

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.”


One Comment

  1. Kelsey

    yay summation dance!!!

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