Taking club and party dance, tweaking it out, then sticking it in a dark cobble-stoned alleyway in the middle of Ohio.
As a trained modern/ballet dancer (a recent graduate from Ohio State University's BFA dance program,) and someone who loves to jam with friends at a club or party, it has often been hard for me to marry the two styles. When I am on stage, sometimes I just want to break it down, and when I'm at a club sometimes I want to add in proscenium-like movement/ideas. I have never been able to make one extreme accept the other...
...so I had an idea.
Use the curves, flow, introversion, and general style of "grooving" at a club or party situation, and combine that with the rough, quick twitch, wild type of dancing I might do on stage. Then take the focus, zoom, and speed attributes of filmmaking, and the splice, paste, and fade, nature of film editing and use those ideas to drive choreographic choices that will focus an audiences' gaze (like the lens of a camera) as they attempt to take in all this information. All of this would make the performance even more engaging, bringing the audience in one step closer to the movement.
What would come out? A volatile yet entertaining microscope-like plunge into the world of intensely crafted grooving. All of which would be set in a cobble-stoned alleyway of downtown Columbus, OH - using only large heavy duty flashlights as lighting sources.
The final performance will be August 11th, at 9pm in downtown Columbus, OH. Exact location TBD.
On top of this, after the piece is finished being choreographed, a videodance would be shot at a nearby abandoned warehouse - overrun with wild grass and filled with graffiti covered walls: the perfect setting.
My hope is to bring forth two products with an intense amount of immediacy, enjoyment, and palpability. Something that will truly hit you on a guttural level, and that will stick with you as you jam at a party, or as you get dressed up to go see le ballet.
Should be fun; can't wait to bring this to you all.
I will need to gather lighting equipment, and sound equipment. Also, I will need costumes, and the dancers and lighting designer will need to be paid. The videodance will use most of the same resources, but I will also need to buy DV tapes, and will have to buy a permit to shoot at the warehouse.
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Music: "Impulse (Free the Robots Remix)" a remix by FtR, of a song by The Gaslamp Killer & Daedelus, "Feel Good Last Reprise" by Broken Social Scene, "Teach Me How to Dougie" by Cali Swag District, clip from "Intro" by The Roots, and "Tuning Steel (YLYK Theme)" by B'zwax.
all right of music belong to the artists therein, their publishers, and publishing companies, etc. I do not attest to own any rights to said music, which is used for promotional purposes only.
If there are any issues, please e-mail me at DanielRLH@Gmail.com
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