Songs Without Words
I began making this work during the Covid 19 pandemic,the circumstances of which have prompted me to reconsider the limitations and possibilities of our world, and with that every level and aspect of my creative process. Of course limitations are to be prized in that they tend to focus effort and songs without words (sww) is limited to solos, defined in part by self-exploration and self-reflection, something that feels surprisingly new to me as I have made few solos for my own performance. Now it feels as if for the first time I am truly allowing a deep listening to the emerging dance, trusting self-direction, letting go, and exploring new terrain. While the separate works of sww may one day translate to the stage, they are, for this iteration, video-recorded performance pieces, and will form a collection springing from a single creative impetus, an anthology.
Initially conceived as a trio – three women, three generations – I refashioned sww out of creative necessity at the onset of the pandemic as a vehicle for my own solo explorations. The central conceit of the work remains the presentation of the body and its movement as the expressive equivalent of song. However, where I originally imagined a single work of considerable length, sww is now a creative project of undetermined duration, the target of which is to amass an anthology of 15 to 20 short two-to-ten-minute pieces. By committing to making each of these works as distinct as it is complete and necessary, I am finding growth in my choreographic and physical expression and, importantly, discovering the dances that, at this point in my maturity, I am compelled to do.