Actually, Student Choreography is over, so my title may not be entirely accurate. I feel like I have so much more time now that it’s over. Of course, I should be writing my long Irish Lit paper. But, you know. I needed one weekend to chill out, right? That’s what I’m telling myself.
I’m not completely happy with the final result. I learned quite a bit in the process of choreographing this first piece, and I think certain choices were successful. But. If I had to do it over again:
- I would maybe chose different music. The Art Pepper Quartet’s version of “You Go To My Head” proved to be an ambitious choice for someone with not the greatest musical acuity.
- I would try to work more efficiently. I called so much rehearsal, and I really am grateful for my fifteen dancers for putting up with me. They were all very cooperative, so I definitely owe them a big thank you!
- I would not be so stiff. I realized half-way through that my choreography tended to be walk-to-a-place. Dance-in-one-place. Walk-elsewhere. Repeat. I needed more moving phrases and more formational shifts that were not so arbitrary.
- More dynamics. There were moments with different moods, but it tended towards doalotofmovements,oneoneachcount and hold. Repeat.
- I just didn’t like some of it. There was no time to revise, however, so onto the stage it went.
Despite all that, I’m really glad I participated in Student Choreography. The very fact that I can pick apart my dance ’til the cows come home proves that I got a lot out of the experience, right?
My piece was called “All the Stars’ Eyelids,” by the way, which is the literal translation of the first few words of the Welsh song “Ar Hyd Y Nos.” The Welsh title actually translates to “All Through the Night,” but the first few words start, “Holl amrantau’r sêr ddywedan,” which is “All the stars’ eyelids say.” My piece was an ode to odd people, and I thought the title was fitting.
And that was the story of my first choreographed work in the Student Choreography showcase. It was not entirely successful, but I learned a lot from the experience.