Goucher College Bad Change

Goucher College has made some big changes that are going to effect the Goucher dancers and the community negatively.

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I think that Goucher College should allow the dance department to manage the amount of times the course runs based off of the need of the classes like Anatomy and Laban. They have been doing that for years and it has worked fine why fix something that isn’t broken.

The Secrets Bare

Goucher College’s 361 Advanced Choreography presented Altered, finally! It featured video adaptations from each piece and a closing video for the show. The show was great and it was sold out two nights!  I choreographed a piece called The Secrets Bare. I created the most of the music except for the last section which featured the song Gravity by Sara Bareilles.

(The Secrets Bare- Gravity Section)

The Secrets Bare, is a group performance, in seven short sections, which is based on events that have shaped me personally and helped me grow. At the core of the work are my secrets that I have kept to myself. My keeping the secrets for long I have a hard time balancing my world and lose myself. The piece looks at self-image, emotions, and the journey to finding yourself again. The piece is dedicated to Shawnia T White for helping me see my potential, beauty and strength in myself.

(The Secrets Bare- Beautiful Pain Section)

I was nervous and excited to present my work to the greater Goucher community. I had injured dancers and honestly they struggled with the timing of choreography to the music. My dancers however did not fail me and presented a perfect show. They danced from their hearts and got the emotion across to the audience.

(The Secrets Bare- Twisted Section)

After the show I had students, teachers and family members approach me telling me what a strong and powerful piece it was. I even had one girl tell me the story she got from watching my piece. It wasn’t my intention, however I wouldn’t say she was wrong.

Overall the show was a grand success and it was called one of the strongest 361 shows. I am happy that I got to present my work to large audience and it was accepted. It makes me want to continue with choreography and continue to follow my dreams.  The closing video of the choreographers dancing to “Sexy and I Know It” must have sealed the deal with the audience based on the amount of laughter and applause.

Dance Photography

Dance photography is becoming more popular now that dance is in the media. Today dance photography is more than just bad lit studio portraits in ugly costumes, they are beautiful pieces of art. Dance photography is no loner confined to indoors, it is all over and thanks to Photoshop dance everywhere even outer-space.

(Images Top: Me  Bottom: Tumblr Images)

Dance photography is important, it can be in an art gallery, used as advertisement, used as a fundraiser, found in a calendar but most importantly it is promoting dance to a wider audience. Some examples are The Ballerina Project, Ballet Zaida and Alvin Ailey. They all use dance photography for different purposes. The Ballerina Project sells beautiful ballet pictures that a photographer has taken over a period of 10 years using film. Ballet Zaida is also a photo project, but its features only the best ballet technique and has a focus on spreading ballet to everyone.  Alvin Ailey uses dance photography for advertisement for their shows, school and dancers.

(Images: Left- Ballet Zaida Right- Alvin Ailey)

 I have personally been interested in dance photography because there are magical moment is dance that I wish were captured on camera. For my photography class at school I have taking picture of dancers at Goucher College in black and white film and the results have been amazing. The dancers are happy to work with me and help me build my portfolio and they get a photo-shoot for free and have pictures to use in their portfolios for auditions. It is important that dancers help spread dance awareness any way possible.

 

(Images were taken by me)

So what is dance photography really doing to help? It is allowing the arts to prosper off of one another and flourish. It is changing the way media shows dance and it helps expand dance all over the world through the internet and prints.

Secrets Bare Choreography

Time is ticking down quickly and I am having a hard time adding new choreography. Some one is always missing and that makes it hard for me to add anything on. I am currently working on five solos and two duets. All of it is done except the last duet because I was missing the partner for it. I am building music for each solo which is difficult because I want the timing to be perfect with the movement and if I am missing people all I can do is guess how long it will take.

I made a new section of the music, I don’t know how I feel about it yet, I guess I will have to let it grow on me. Here is the song, let me know what you think.

http://soundcloud.com/jan-delle-varinique/beautiful-torture

That song will bleed into beautiful pain the powerful solo section. That section is about the person not being able to hold themselves together anymore, due to peer pressure, bullying, sexual assault and their boy friend cheating on them. I really think the song captures the emotion from those experiences. Here is the song again. Listen to the music and let a dance full of emotion just materialize in your head. What do you see?

http://soundcloud.com/jan-delle-varinique/beautiful-pain

Well I am home on spring break injured so I can’t physically dance right now but I am working on the beginning of the Secrets Bare and the music. I have so many great thoughts in my head it’s just a matter of translating them in to music and dance. Well off to get back to work on it, let me know what you think of the music.

 

 

ATTACK of the CRAB MONSTERS

       I have been preparing for a theater and dance show called ATTACK of the CRAB MONSTERS since November 2011. The show is this Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 3rd. It will be at 8pm at Goucher College in the Dunnok Theater.

       The show is about the crabs in the Chesapeake bay getting up and leaving because humans are destroying their homes and them. It has two main characters Martha and Dale who go on this journey and transformation to see how crabs are living and what humans are doing to them. It takes place in what seems to be a dream like state where the worlds are reversed. Crabs eat humans instead and go to school.

     The show is funny, interactive and will keep your attention the whole time. Every member in the audience will receive a survival kit which the things they need, like a poncho or soda can. It the survival kit there will be a surprise for everyone to go home with as well. 

      I am currently on my way to the tech rehearsal now, so hopefully it goes well tonight seeing we are so close to the show. There is a lot of stress on everyone seeing as Sandy Ungar, President of Goucher College will be attending opening night! I am excited to see what everyone thinks of the show and I am nervous that I will not make it back from the New England Patriots audition on Saturday in time for the show.