VELOCITY CREATIVE PROCESS BLOG SERIES #2 WITH KAJA IRWIN
In this series we will follow the creative process of DJD company dancer Kaja Irwin for her piece in the upcoming Dancer Choreographed show Velocity. Velocity is on stage at the DJD Dance Centre from November 16-26, 2017.
October 10, 2017
This week was exciting because the groove of the music really starts to come into play. The beginning of the song is a little more ambient/sets the tone for the piece but from this point in the music onwards, the trumpet plays with an interesting groove and really dictates where the dramatic shifts will happen. I still haven’t totally figured out how the chimera moves without it looking like two separate entities but hopefully that will come in time. We also experimented with how one of the heads shifts the group identity and the physical shape of the chimera. Taking inspiration from one of the descriptive phrases “child of chaotic powers” I think of both the 4-headed chimera and each one of the heads as a “child of chaotic powers”. Therefore it has both autonomous and connected thoughts/decisions. I look forward to developing this idea and seeing what journey it takes each of the heads on.
October 17, 2017
It’s amazing to work with the dancers creating interesting ways to attach to each other. For example, after Catherine turns on the group chimera, it breaks up into two animals built out of partners. At this point, I asked the dancers to create a double-headed animal that is more mobile. This was best accomplished when the dancers are not lifting each other’s weight completely but they are still attached somehow. Both sets of partners came up with totally different shapes, which affects how they can move and what the new personality of their animal could be. The partner shapes opened up new possibilities for simple movement patterns that are very effective by keeping cohesion while approaching the movement differently. Next to work on is what the difference is between each of the chimera “heads” in a double-headed animal. When are they having the same thoughts and when are they only within their own minds? I think by clarifying and exploring this, the piece will have more depth and the dancers will experience more of a journey.