Today was rehearsal #1 for the Spark Performance, coming up in less than 2 weeks. I am working with Veronica Benz, a Calgarian dancer, and so far, I think we’re both pretty pleased where things are going. I don’t want to say too much here, as things can change very quickly, but things are going well. We have generally decided on the structure of our performance, what we want to include, and have talked about music, and even costume! I feel like things are going well, and I definitely know what I need to do before our next meeting on Monday.
Our rehearsal space for the day was the Seafood Market Studios. I didn’t realize how large that space is, because I had never been there before. It has individual studio spaces, as well as a kitchen/ hangout space, and a humungous empty space, which functioned really well as our rehearsal space. Really, we only used, say, a quarter of the space that was available to us. and it was really quiet, but that might have been the time we were there- Saturday morning of a long weekend.
Veronica seemed to enjoy the “things” I had made to play with today. I brought in a few soft scultpture shapes that I had made last night, including a thing with three loops, a log thing that curls, and a sort of sleeve with a stiff part in the end of it. (If that sounds cryptic, maybe it was intended to, as, again, I don’t want to give away too much in case we end up totally scrapping it. The “creative process” is sometimes a lot less pretty than people think. I make a lot of ugly and awkward things on the way to the good stuff. Props made of recycled old bedsheets, for example. Lol.) Veronica tried an incredible amount of different kinds movements and experiments, most of which would never have occurred to me.
I’m learning that there are some definite similarities between her art form and mine, and some distinct differences. For example, we both seem to be able to mine the most potential out of things by physically playing with them. For me, it’s the challenge of building something and spacial relationships in terms of that, and for her, there seems to be much more of focus on how things function in a larger space and in relation to her/us. And a sketchbook/ notebook is a must. Even if you can’t actually read it later.
The vocabulary is definitely different. The way the same words are used is different. I find myself asking what things mean, and explaining things I had assumed she would understand. I’m definitely learning a lot.
Anyway, things look promising, and we both feel good about it. I think our curators made a good match, at least in our case. We know what we think we need to do next. (And I suppose that’s all we can ask for at this point.) Stay tuned!