On Saturday we held our first showing for “Dance Under Construction,” a space for nurturing new movement. Jonathan Matthews created a piece on Bethany Bak called “Dear Dad,” and Al Bonner created a piece called “Down Beat Bear,” based on a Tom and Jerry cartoon. We have a lot going on this Fall! Don’t forget… Continue reading Dance Under Construction, New Class Series
We had our first showing for Bloodlines + Bylines this weekend and it was a success. Choreographers showcased their works-in-progress and constructive feedback was given using Liz Lerman’s critical response process. The choreographers are basing their works on writings by Anna Esquivel, and each has chosen music and subjects that are close to their hearts.… Continue reading First showing of works for “Bloodlines + Bylines”
Check out this mention of our own Bethany Bak in the Commercial Appeal. And stay tuned for updates on our spring show “House Happening” May 17-19 at the Woodruff-Fontaine House. Julie Niekrasz has been in the limelight for nine seasons as a dancer with Ballet Memphis, but a new role in her career is… Continue reading ‘Young dancers stepping toward choreography’ By Jonathan Devin from the Commerical Appeal
Jamie Scott has been a member of Project: Motion for two years, and participated in this year’s Emerge workshops to create a solo on Amanda Martinson (also a Project: Motion member and Emerge choreographer). Here are some of Jamie’s thoughts on her piece: My piece is entitled ‘Valley of Ashes.’ This solo work has been… Continue reading Emerge 2 Choreographer Jamie Scott
Rebecca Rose is a Project: Motion member and also an Emerge choreographer. She has choreographed before, so she is not a newbie to the process. Here are some of her thoughts: Four things that inspire my choreography: 1. Music-specifically the rhythms and quality of music 2. Relationships with others and where I am in my… Continue reading Everything’s Coming Up Ros(ey)
Ernestine here. I have taken on the challenge of choreographing of Emerge II and, boy oh boy, what a challenge it has been, striving to create a dance of the high caliber that Project:Motion is known for. Thankfully I have two dancers who are patient and put up with my limited choreographic experience. In my… Continue reading Meet Enrnestine!
Sarah Ledbetter and Ondine Geary are two Project: Motion dancers and Emerge choreographers who are collaborating on a piece for our May show. Here are some thoughts from Sarah: Ondine and I are working on a piece that I describe as a joyous and cautionary dance about the end of the world. The piece will… Continue reading Meet Two Emerge Choreographers
Another video clip from Project: Motion Emerge II auditions. This one was also a structured improvisation.
Here’s a peek behind the scenes at the Emerge 2 auditions. The choreographer was Jamie Scott, and this section was a structured improvisation. Basically, that means that all the dancers were “making it up as they went,” but the choreographer had asked for some specific things, like a specific gesture, a certain movement quality, etc.… Continue reading Emerge 2 Audition Footage
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao-tzu Had a great rehearsal on Thursday night. We worked on the beginning of my piece… always the hardest part! I agonize over the beginning of a piece. First impressions are powerful, and if the first few seconds don’t grab the audience, it can be hard… Continue reading Every Journey (Dance) Begins With the First Step