Attempting to conjure up my own choreographic concepts has been something on my mind for several years now. Often times, while listening to music, I would find myself visualizing dance movement inspired by that music. I have finally taken the plunge and have made my first real ballet that will premiere tonight as part of the Columbia Ballet Collaborative at the Miller Theatre (116th and Broadway). It’s just a short pas de deux—barely anything, really—a dance for two of my closest friends who have generously donated their time and energy towards making my ideas a reality (which I am eternally grateful for).
The music I chose to use is an interesting work for a string section, composed by Joby Talbot and inspired by the music of Jack White of the White Stripes. I felt that this would be a good musical selection given the college audience. Hopefully many of them will recognize and relate to the subtleties of White’s music intertwined in Talbot’s string arrangement. So my intentions for the pas de deux was to make something inspired by the intensity and distortion of the music. I wanted to, above anything else, maintain my respects to the classical dance line & technique, while interjecting my own style of movement into the mix. In the end, the piece became a 5-minute sprint towards a non-existent finish line, a competition between two dancers with limbs for days.
Whether the piece is actually bad or good is another story; what’s of value to me is that I took the plunge and created my first ballet work.
Columbia Ballet Collaborative – Broadway at 116th St. 212-854-7799. April 3-4 at 8:00 pm