Here are our #geochoreography posts for August! You can find a new prompt every Friday on our Facebook page! Post your adventures using #geochoreography or in the comments and we will feature as many as we can!
Happy June Birthdays!
Pat Krolak, Rita Krolak, Hjordis Blanford, Laila Fatimi, Arie Steiner Hockman, Fred Kelly, Lucie Baker, Xander Weinman, Jim Peerless, Henry LeTang, Terri Beaton, Harold Cromer, Sean Cummings, Rosie Steinberg, Nikki Felix, Shari Kaplan, Tom Christian, Bob Fosse, Elizabeth Krolak, Caleb Howe, Micheline Heal, Patrick Flynn, Melissa Dollman, Tyler Cantanella, Mary Sousa, Paula Abdul, and Martha Clarke
With Luminarium Dance's ChoreoFest applications due next week, we thought we'd take a moment to check in with last year's choreographers and do a quick follow-up on what the last year has had in store for them. Here's our dear friend Ryan P. Casey!
|Photo Credit: Cynthia Griffith Clayton|
N: Have you used the piece you created during ChoreoFest? In what way?
RPC: No; it was just for fun. But it was a chance to continue exploring our use of characters and incorporating different styles of dance.
N: What advice do you have for this year's participants?
RPC: Perhaps more so than usual, be willing to run with whatever ideas come to mind right away and be happy with them, whether you love them or not. There's not a lot of time to second guess and change things, of course, so give yourself permission to just roll with whatever your group is developing. "First thought, best thought," as Brenda Bufalino taught me!
N: What is your favorite memory from last year's festival?
RPC: I'm sure I'll never forget editing "Yakety Sax" at some ungodly hour of the night! Only at ChoreoFest!
N: What have you been up to in the last year?
RPC: We've been busy developing a new show, "Unbound," that we'll be touring beginning in October! It's a rhythmic romp through some of our favorite literature.
N: Where can people see you/your work these days? Any upcoming performances?
RPC: I'm hosting (and performing in) DanceNOW Boston at The Dance Complex on ; the next day, we're dancing in Harvard Square for Dance for World Community. Later this summer, on , we're performing in Provincetown as part of Cape Dance Festival!
Check out Ryan's interview from last year here! And don't forget to put ChoreoFest on your calendar for September 10th!
Alvin Ailey, Andy Jacobs, Anna Pavlovna Pavlova, Archibald Edwards, Clayton Raithel, Debbie Allen, Etta James, Eve Agush, George Balanchine, Gwen Verdon, Heather Pagella Gant, Jonathan Lee, José Limón, Kelsey Griffith, Kristin Sudeikis, Leonard Reed, Lester Horton, Lynn Schwab, Maria Tallchief, Megan Bartula, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Penelope Wendtlandt, Risher Reddick, Sabrina Schwartz, Sarah Style, Shannon Sullivan, Shelley Neill, Taye Diggs, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Samantha Mullen!
We are incredibly excited to kick off our #geochoreography adventure! It all started when the Connecting Point Dance Company, one of the youth companies from Impulse Dance Center in Natick where Karen and Nicole work, took a trip to NYC in April. Karen and Nicole put together "travel adventure" books for them filled with challenges, projects and ideas to keep them busy while on the road and once they got to New York, got them looking at the city in a new and creative way. When they returned with their findings the rest of the Rep Modern class wanted to participate, too. So, two more books were born. One for the pair of students traveling overseas over April break and one for the gang staying in Natick. The more books we made the more we realized that this could be a great way to get EVERYONE looking at the world like a giant arts residency!
For our first month we are partnering with the Clary and Cimermanis Little Library and their Get Caught Reading Month campaign! All of our #geochoreography prompts (posted to our social media each Friday) are book related. We also challenge you to take a photo or video of you reading! (Bonus points if you are dancing while reading!)
Just in case you aren't on social media, you can find all of May's prompts here! Post your responses in the comments or on any social media using #geochoreography! We will feature as many responses as we can!
Thanks in advance for being part of this exciting adventure!