Feast or famine is typically how my creative mind works. This summer I have found myself behind my computer screen developing business strategies and five year plans, brainstorming ideas of how to educate the public about modern dance and build audiences, and finding how my professional voice interacts with my creative self. I've felt akin to a bear in hibernation, dreaming of new ideas and concepts, although unlike the bear I did keep a few projects to snack on.
This week Elizabeth A. Baker and I sat down to begin working on a new score for a solo work to be premiered in September and screened in October, I begin working in the studio with Helen Hansen French to revisit Before the Demolition premiere in September, and next week I start rehearsals with RogueDance creating two new works; one for Our Trail: A Traveling Dance Tour of the Pinellas County Trail premiering this fall and the other for Beacon Performance Series at the Palladium premiering in January 2018.
I typically don't juggle choreographing and performing in a great multitude of new works at the same time, but it is an exciting challenge for which I have been craving. The opportunity to work with wonderfully talented collaborators has provided me with endless amounts of inspiration.
The idea of an artistic feast can seem like a daunting mountain of decadence, but when you are a grizzly bear emerging from a darkened cave after hibernation in to the warm glow of the Spring time sun, you're utterly ravenous and ready to devour everything in sight.