A few months ago I wrote about the importance of living in the present moment and practicing gratitude for the now, rather than focusing all of my attention on regrets from the past or anxiety surrounding the future.
It’s a huge challenge to learn to step back and appreciate each day.
When Trillium approached me about choreographing and performing in their Spring concert I was told by the artistic director that the theme of the show was “human maladies”. This story immediately came to my mind and I decided that my dance would center around the theme of practicing presence.
I set to work choreographing a dance. Before long it became blindingly clear that this dance needed to be improvised rather than set. Each time I rehearsed and then performed my dance, In the Hum, it was different, new, and unique.
I’ve done a lot of improv throughout my years as a dancer, even in performance, but never alone before. It was definitely a little nerve wracking to think about going out on stage and not knowing what was going to happen each night! I was really pleased with the outcome and while certain factors were set, like the video, the music, the costume, and of course me, each performance had a unique flavor.
Curious about how it all came together? Check it out! Here’s a video from Sunday’s performance. Sorry, the quality is a little poor.