Phase 7: Revealed - The Creative Process
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Learning how to speak with my own voice as a choreographer has been a source of great frustration. At a very young age dancers learn to mimic their teachers’ movement-- first position, shuffle step, contract-- and become so reliant on outside guidance that their own voices are muted. Negotiating the influences of those teachers who have left movement imprints upon my body and pushing myself to discover who I am as an independent mover and artist has proven difficult. Tuning into my own movement impulses was a re-education process facilitated by studies in improvisation. Through improvisation my once inaudible voice became a whisper, and that whisper has gradually strengthened. By revealing my body’s inner dialogue I have been able to use the tools given to me by my dance educators to depart from their influences. The phenomenal “thing” about art is that there are no two creations identical in content and form. Artists bring their own life experiences, their own beings to the creative process, which makes any product innately unique. While imitation threatens originality, each creation, like a fingerprint, has its distinct features. My work is unique because its source is me, is within me. I challenged myself throughout the creative process of Phase 7: Revealed to truly expose my own movement voice instead of falling into the cycle of imitation.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2006
- F&M Theses Collection