There are several projects I’ve completed over the last couple months that I’d like to showcase. So I’ve decided to write about one every day for the rest of the week until they’re all up. (Oi… this one’s a little late, sorry…)
Up until May 2010, I was a member of Loose Change Dance Company. My last shows with them were in April. The weekend of April 17th, I performed with both the main and training groups of the company at the City Dance Spring On Stage show at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, here in San Francisco. It was a really fun show and I loved both pieces I performed! I also performed the main group piece, Sleepwalk, again on Friday, April 30th, in Fairfax at the opening of the new RoCo Dance studio and as a part of the Bay Area National Dance Week 2010 festivities. I had to learn Sleepwalk very quickly before the first performance to fill in for an absent dancer, and then for the 2nd performance, I had to learn it again, but for a different dancer! Talk about mind-blowing… In the end, this was one of my best performances with Loose Change.
Touring, even locally, is always a good chance to bond with your fellow dancers. Hanging out after the show in Fairfax, a conversation between myself and 3 other Loose Change dancers who also identify as “contemporary” or “modern” dancers produced an idea that became reality. For an upcoming “works in progress” showing that Loose Change was hosting at City Dance Studios in July, we decided to make a piece together. We chose Brendan Behan to be the choreographer, as his idea was the strongest one presented. We originally only had 6 weeks slotted for rehearsals, but the show was pushed back and I think in the end we rehearsed for 9 weeks. I’m really proud of the work and development we put into this piece and I LOVED working with these dancers. They made the process so wonderful. It was great to be a part of that process, especially when I was just starting to go through some major decision making and changes which led me to where I’m at now. I felt so supported in rehearsals. The showing was a really fun event, too. It’s always interesting to perform in an intimate space with the audience right there with you! And a lot more people came than we expected. It was great to see Loose Change and the other guest performances, too.