In the middle of doing press for CO$T OF LIVING, QUALITY OF LIFE and I had to sit down and answer some questions… thought it would be fun to share. Gives a little more background on the show, how we think, and why we are still doing what we are doing.
Are these new works or revamped older pieces?
We started this show in 2005, with the intention of it being the second RawMoves show after Caught in the Act. We were working with a small cast of six that included ourselves as dancers AND choreographers. We worked for about 10 months, only to have one dancer break a foot and another dancer move out of town. Because of these events, the 10 months of work were never finished and have been sitting on old DV tapes for years.
Some of RawMoves’ most popular and famous dances were always envisioned as a part of this evening length work: Table for Four was shown at our first-ever RawMoves performance and House of Timothy and Tea Party at the Morgue, created while Tosha was at the U of U, has won national awards and recognition. We always wanted to take the basic ideas of these dances: everyday objects and scenes that we live with every day, and show them on stage. A table and chairs, a couch and lamp, a family sitting down to dinner – these were all images that we have gone back to over and over again to create this evening length work. But the original ideas are from years ago.
How do you think this performance specifically “strives for honesty and realism by present the ‘RAW’ elements of our lives today?”
When we started to create this evening, we knew we had to draw on our own lives to give it honesty and realism. Both Natosha and I have gone through some major upheaval in our own family lives and have had to come to terms with a new definition of what ‘family’ means. We have drawn on our ideas, feelings, and experiences in the creative process to make sure that everything you see is linked in some way to a real experience. The audience may not get our ‘exact’ jumping off point – but that has never been important to us. What the audience will get is a sense that each section and the whole evening has a reality and a narrative that it wouldn’t have otherwise.
In addition to having real emotions and experiences in mind while creating and crafting this show, we spend hours and hours of rehearsal talking with the dancers about how to make each movement deliberate and honest. The dancers have been working for weeks to create a reality for themselves that they can draw on each time they dance and perform. We have been working to strip away artifice, acting, and performance, in the hopes that we are left with honest, real, meaningful humans who are dancing and moving in front of us.
With how busy you two are, why is it important for you to continue to have RawMoves as a creative outlet?
We know we’ve tapped into something valuable when, time after time, people make the remark that they had given up on modern dance but, after seeing our shows, they are given hope again. They really felt something; they understood and ‘got’ what we were talking about.
It’s important to us to have art that reflects our everyday lives. We value dance that takes our everyday world and turns it on its head. We look for, and want to see, dance/art that reflects the state of our world, the way we feel, and the way we relate to our world. Even now, in this city, it’s still hard to find art that isn’t about escape or entertainment. We feel that the best way to support art that does these things is to produce it.
We had a wonderful time this Saturday with some great people who came out for the FREE RawMoves dance class. It was so wonderful to get to move and dance with some great people from across the valley. Everyone moved so beautifully and really pushed themselves to new levels. As teachers, Natosha and I were so amazed to see how fearless everyone was. Thanks to everyone who came - your dancing is so inspiring!
We hope to be able to offer more classes like this in the future. If you are at all interested in taking class with RawMoves, please let us know. It was great to have a large group this Saturday. There is nothing more difficult than taking/teaching class with ony two people. The more we hear that there is interest in class, the more we will offer it! If you know anyone who would be interested, please tell them about class. Help us spread the word!
We worked hard this week to review everything we have and then jumped into a new section called ‘Table for Seven.’ It was really ‘Table for Six’ six years ago when we started working on it. But it’s never seen the light of day since then. I can’t believe how cool it is to see some of that old material up again. With small changes and additions, we have a lot of really great material for our next show. Here’s a fun video of the first part of ‘Table for Seven.’ You know its a RawMoves rehearsal when heads hit, jaws crack, and everyone jumps and moans at the loud sound made when two people collide.
Natosha and I get asked quite often if we offer RawMoves classes. We did offer a weekly class for a while with middling success… Saturday mornings are a very hard time to get up early and come to dance. We had to turn our morning class space over to Judge so we stopped the classes – but now, with the space free again, we’ll see if there is any interest out there for Spring/Summer classes.
So if you’ve ever wanted to take class with the two of us, if you are interested in RawMoves, and if you love to dance in general, come to class on April 28, 2012. That’s just over a week away. We’ll have a fun, creative, exciting class! And it will be FREE! No cost to you. Please come a little bit early to fill out a release form, bring good shoes for steppin’, and come ready to sweat!
Remember: class is for advanced dancers. This is NOT a beginning class and is not appropriate for beginners. Class is held in the Judge Memorial Catholic High School (650 South 1100 East Salt Lake City, UT 84012) in the dance studio. To get there, park behind the building, which can be accessed by driving down the driveway on the south side of the building between the school and Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Enter the glass doors to the west of the school buses. Come up the stairs – both sets, the small set of stairs and the huge set of stairs – turn left and you are there. If you have any questions, please use the contact or comment forms on this website to get a hold of us.
Class is 9:00 -10:30am! Hope to see you there!
I haven’t been alone in this accomplishment… I have to thank Google, WordPress.org, the WordPress Codex, countless tech blogs and the millions of people who write about the tech crap they went through before I did all this. Thanks to their efforts, it only took me 4 hours to do something when it took them 8. I am beyond grateful for the amazing service dude, Brandon, I just spoke with at our hosting company. After talking with numerous people over the past week, he really knew what the hell was going on. For a couple of days it sounded like I knew more about their hosting service than they did. And that’s truly scary! I don’t know what magic wand he was using but he got this site up and I am FOREVER grateful. I kind of wish I had found him a few days ago, but hey – BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!
I also have to thank the really nice, nice man who called me after I sent him a crazy email message this afternoon. I did a Google search for ‘WordPress Web Developers’ in Salt Lake City, UT and he was the first person to pop up. His name was Gwyn Fisher. He called me back in 20 minutes and helped me figure out that at least I was doing the right thing. He sent me a hard to find plugin that should have helped me export my SQL database from my localhost server with all the right information so it could be uploaded to the domain server with ease. I stumbled on the ‘New Upload Path’ field in the plugin – a detour that took me three hours and led me to Brandon – but I feel deep in my gut that it was his plugin that finally made sure all the content contected the way it should have. You want proof? I have none.
And if this sounds like an OSCAR acceptance speech – your DAMN right it does! I desirve it! I feel like I’ve climbed Mt. Everest. That is the really big mountain in Nepal, right?
Regardless of my ranting above, please let us know what you think of the new site. I’m sure I’ll rest for about two days and then start thinking about what to do next! We’d love to hear your ideas, thoughts, and feedback!
Over and Out!
So, it’s been a long time since our last post! We have been working hard and struggling to get things finished. We have both been frustrated with our inability to get a consistent flow going, and the work we have been producing seems to reflect that.
While this may be a good thing – we are working with ideas of miscommunication and confusion – it’s been hard to figure out where to go with things each rehearsal. For this newest section, we have been playing with sensuality and narcissism. How do we get someone to pay attention to us? How do we flirt with others? How do we show off our bodies; tell someone, “Look at me!” These are some ideas we have been playing with.
Ideally, over the course of the evening we are trying to create, we want to come back to this idea of sexual communication. How do men and women talk to each other? What inherent confusion presents itself when a man tries to talk to a woman – do we speak the same language or are women from Venus and men from Mars?
The section we have been working on for the past week seems to be a good start…
Below is a quick video.
If you’d like to see more, visit FaceBook. It’s much easier to post video there.
This evening in the RawMoves tradition we observed our artistic directors skillfully create a phrase both challenging and detailed right before our eyes. Work is created out of thin air…as we the dancers watch and wait until it’s our turn to try it on. We never quite look like they do…well not immediately, but that’s what rehearsals are for. Let the journey and process of creating a new show begin. Pop, lock, drop!
If you haven’t already, be sure to become a fan of RawMoves of FaceBook. Here is a link to another video from today’s rehearsal. This is the whole phrase and our dancers were very patient with us while learning it!
We plan on blogging about the process and work we are doing. While our last attempts at maintaining a blog were not totally successful, we now know what it takes and are going to make a HUGE effort to post things regularly! The tech aspect of blogging is coming together nicely so we shouldn’t be able to procrastinate like we did with ‘The Story of Eight.’ We can post while at rehearsal and keep things updated regularly!
As for the new project, the tentative title is ‘Babble.’ Referencing the Tower of Bable, we are interested in words, meaning, context, miscommunication, confusion, gibberish, etc. To start off, we played some surrealist word games to generate words and phrases. Without thinking or planning, we each generated a word in a sentence or an answer to a question we didn’t know was being asked. We will use some of these phrases to generate movement and see where it takes us. Here are a few things we’ve come up with:
- A curly lip hastily holds the tomb.
- The panther drinks the window.
- A dreamy dream softly dips into the wardrobe.
- Where are my underpants? They are waiting for you, if you just keep walking without looking too hard.
- What is the difference between you and me? It’s a matter of perspective.
- What do red cars do? Take a left, follow the bus, then stop under the jacaranda tree.
- What is falling? It’s a different path, longer, rockier, but the destination is the same.