Thursday, May 26, 2011

Goals for Ms. Jakes workshop

As my teacher said and I must remember you will not remember everything in the workshop. If you can learn and pull at least 3 new things then it was a success"
This is what I shall keep in mind..
"Fake til you make it"
Try a move before asking how to do it, you'll be surprised with what you will find

So then it becomes...
What are my purposes for taking this class? I am a beginner and this is for an intermidiate level..
My teachers will stand next to me as students, you got me?

1. Remember what my teachers have told me about workshops
2. I'm doing this to take a peak into her mind, see how she thinks, and organizes her art, so that I am aware especially from such a legend
3. To collect for my future and understand tribal better, I'm not going to understand everything but I am making metal notes for my future self.
4. Just watch her in the flesh, period. Something to look up to.
5. I wanna say, "even though I didn't know what the hell I was doing, it was fun! I tried my best!it feels great to be in that moment period"

Mainly 2 of all things

But I'm fighting for my present self...
Breathe, this is for my future, I cannot help that she was in MN @ my 8month mark.
I just don't want to be overwhelmed.

Breathe, Future self, have fun!

Monday, May 16, 2011

'Mitry Theory - Dance Theory (work in progress)

Dmitry Dance (Art) Theory
"theory |ˈθēərē; ˈθi(ə)rē|
noun ( pl. -ries)
a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, esp. one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained

Artist: Dancer
the Space: Everything that happens on stage (the performance, the song) Whatever is above the stage.


I. Music
II. Energy
III. Movement
III. Aesthetic/Image

Thoughts soon to be organized.

I. Music
Music the core of what I do. I hear a song and I'm so in love with what I hear my body's automatic response is to move, interpret.-This is the song I solo to. This is my performance piece. The song that touches me so much I cry.
But what am I really doing?
I read once, that dance brings us closer to the song. The song and I are one. Music cannot be seen. I make it visible.

The key is not to dance, it's to create with the music.

Music compliments the artist, as the artist compliments the music. I don't want to see a dancer. I want to see an artist. But an artist that completely understands the music.

What is the role of music?
Music is not the sketch/the outline, I do not just simply color it in.
Music is not the director either.
It is a 50/50 collaboration.

Its not that I must have control over the music either. There should not be a power struggle between both sides (the artist and music). Once you feel that you are higher than the music, you create things that are not there, you have destroyed the bond. Nor should the music have complete control over you. There has been music that has swallowed the artist as well. Then you might ask, what if I hear something and truly feel it in my soul and make a low beat a strong beat? This comes back to having a true collaboration with the music.

And say you just like a certain way of dancing no matter what the song is, well, then you're neglecting music. You may want to dance, but once you neglect the music, What are you dancing for?

So, still where do we sit?
The music is doing the same as I. Its just as organic as I. It hears me. It sees me.
The music is creating me too. That is why I can listen to a beautiful song over and over again. The song is breathing on the other side.

I inhale, It exhales.

But remember, You are just as free as the music. Do not use mathematics. This is where brilliance comes in.
When a viewer can see the two individuals clearly, the artist and music, and both are contrasting in complimentary colors (Green and Red).

Both of you are creating whatever lies on top of the stage. Both of you are creating the Space.

Then I must ask What Am I doing? How am I moving like this?
I turn on a song, and I just move. How do I come up with moves that I haven't even thought about?
Who is controlling this part? (Shit, I'm gonna need that Psychology of Dance book, :P )
Because I'm familiar nor studied the body... I will just say the mind.
AH HA! - Here, this begins to talk about what I'm trying to get at:

II. Energy
I feel this is absolutely the second most important aspect to dance. Where to begin?
Positive and Negative Space/Energy.
The most common idea is that an artist is positive space/energy. She draws around the negative space. Line, Silhouettes, in which some people see but I don't.

III. Movement
Dance is as abstract as music.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Note to self...

I always have to do whats right for me... what feels right to me...
No bullshit. Perfect is by being imperfect.
My turn...