As many of you will know, I am currently part of the Centre for Advanced Training scheme at Trinity Laban (you can read about my experience as part of CAT here.) This term at CAT we had the opportunity to choreograph a piece as part of a competition called Choreomission. Although I had always enjoyed the creative side of contemporary dance, like improvising and creative tasks in class, I had never created a whole piece before.
I was excited but also quite nervous before the first rehearsal. We had chosen our group members by doing workshops with small groups of students on the first day of term. This meant that although I had chosen my dancers, I had no idea what they would be like to work with as we were almost complete strangers!
At first I found it difficult to express exactly what I wanted when setting my dancers tasks to generate material. I could see it in my head, but when it came to putting it into words it was a different story... However, a few rehearsals later we had various sections of movement that started to almost become a piece! This happened as I 'found my feet' as a choreographer and we bonded together as a group.
There were definitely some things I would do differently were I to do it again though. Some tasks were pretty hilarious, like trying to make one of them dance blindfolded with the other dancers surrounding them. Maybe not my best plan.
We also had a very interesting time with the tape that I was using onstage, which was absolutely always on one of two settings:
1) Not sticky enough and so coming off the floor
2) Too sticky and so stuck to my dancers' feet :)
But all of these mishaps aside, I had an amazing time growing as a person and a dancer by making my ideas come to life. I met a load of new people on CAT scheme (sometimes I still feel like a newbie) and it definitely helped me grow in confidence.
My piece got through to the final 6, but wasn't selected for the show, which means that this journey has come to an end. I now have more experience and lots of memories to take away with me and I'm definitely going to do Choreomission again.
Think creative thoughts!
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