Upon creating my section for Elevate, I knew I needed to create an uplifting movement sequence to end the piece. Basing my section on the process of empowerment, the transition between feeling smothered and feeling empowered, I wanted to form movement that appeared light, airy, and in the air. THIS, I discovered, is NOT how I naturally move. THIS is news to me!
I went into the studio and tried to think of movements that are uplifting, high, elevated...what I created looked heavy, rooted, stiff. What!?!? Is that how I always move in my pieces!? I am shocked.
Instead of going back into the studio to try to create a new phrase, I attempted to manipulate the original to have a different quality. I emphasized the suspension and pull through the body, I let go of my momentum to soar higher, I softened through the limbs. Whether it worked or not, you can be the judge!
I can firmly say collaborating in different ways definitely leads to discoveries about oneself. I believe that is why I love to involve others in productions so often.
-Shana Simmons, Shana Simmons Dance
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Elevate: A Triple Bill of Female Choreographers is an exciting collaboration between Bryce Dance Company, The Moving Architects, and Shana Simmons Dance. Performances in April and May in NYC, Boston, and Pittsburgh!