14 Nov

VELOCITY CREATIVE PROCESS BLOG SERIES #4 WITH KAJA IRWIN

Tuesday, November, 14, 2017

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.

NOVEMBER 7, 2017

This rehearsal I finished my piece! I set an ending for the dancers, which I am happy with, as well as edited some of my earlier movement. The edited section makes so much more sense as it adds clarity to both the character of the chimera and its journey.  There is still one section I am not completely happy with and am having a hard time fixing. As I mentioned in a previous post, sometimes I come across a challenge in having the dancers so physically connected at all times. During a climactic point in the music, the partnerships are all very close together spatially and the dancers are having difficulty maneuvering within the close quarters to accomplish the choreography (which means that it is bad choreography on my part). This takes away from a moment that the music has really been building towards and I am feeling a drop in the momentum of the piece when instead I should feel it continuing to build. Hopefully I will have enough time to revisit that moment this week.

Since we’re entering into our tech days, I am very excited to start working with our lighting designer Graham Frampton. In our first discussions together, he has some very exciting ideas regarding the use of moving lights to really set the tone of the piece. I can’t wait to see what sort of world we build together for the chimera. I am looking forward to opening this week and seeing how the dancers really explore our chimera and bring its story to life!

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