Katharsis + News
I've been working steadily on my pieces for Katharsis over the past few weeks so I haven't been thinking as philosophically about my dance. I find that any abstract thoughts that I have about dancing while I’m “in the trenches” of creating or producing or learning sort of manifest themselves later. Which has always been a really interesting experience for me.
In the end I don’t dance so I can write a blog about it, that’s sort of like a by product of creating. But it’s a cool by product and now that I’m reaching the one year mark I can see how it’s helped me grow in my philosophy about dance and art. My views are more consistent than they were before I wrote them out, both here and in my morning pages.
I’ve also met amazing people (met in person and online) and connected with dancers who I respect so much. So thumbs up to blogging.
As far as work goes right now, I’m putting together two really personal pieces right now (again, for Katharsis, featuring Audra of the Dark Side Studio, hosted by Danielle Davies and Sweet Threadz). Sidenote: I bought a pair of Sweet Threadz cuffs, and they're totally beautiful and I am in love with them. I’m really excited because it’s one of the first times I’ve gotten to dance in an all belly dance show, especially as a soloist. It’s happened a couple of times before, but it’s so refreshing to prepare for a performance with the knowledge that at least some of the audience already has a baseline understanding of the material onstage. My biggest source of anxiety in show preparation is not pushing the audience away by presenting work that is outside their context. I know that’s not always a bad thing, but honestly as a performer I don’t know that I’m ready to present work that I know won’t be understood by anyone. Some people might say that’s a good thing, that The theme of the show is catharsis, and it was derived mainly from this quote:
I’m not interested in how people move; I’m interested in what makes them move.
I thought this was really interesting but it’s definitely been a challenge. The reasons so many of us dance are not only personal, but so primal—hard to talk about even if we do understand what they are. I’m enjoying myself immensely and simultaneously struggling (and in that, learning a lot) by working through it. I’ll probably have more to say about it after I’ve performed them, but we’ll see.
I’m also trying to figure out where to go and for what this year. I have no dance-related trips planned! Normally I’d be flying up here for Winter Sparkle and whatever else was going on, but now that I’m here and can go elsewhere I’m at a total loss. And also open to suggestions.
After Katharsis, I have no other upcoming performances, which is kind of liberating in its own way, but I also miss it a little. I imagine I’ll be thinking and talking about that more as time goes on. On the other hand, I’m working really hard on technique and theory right now so when I do start performing regularly again it will be really cool to see how things have changed. I can already see a difference since I’ve been here—some of my flaws that I just assumed were ingrained in my movement patterns are starting to fall away with regular classes. Others are still alive and kicking, but one day at a time, right?
In other fun news, I have moved to heathersara.com, so you can update links/blogroll entries to reflect that. heathersara.blogspot.com still works, but it redirects here now. On that note, you can expect a redesign soon. I’m thinking of moving to a more traditional web site format, with the blog as the news page. Keep your eyes peeled for changes!
So! Finally, you should absolutely, definitely buy your Katharsis ticket here really soon. If you will be in Montreal on January 15, you have to go!