The repertory work I am bringing to Elevate is PLUCK - a power-exploring dance work I originally created with my company dancers and composer in 2010-2011 when I was based in Chicago. The original work was largely flavored by some immediate responses to our recent tour to Central Asia merged with a creative process informed by Skype rehearsals and intensive weekend rehearsals in Chicago and Columbus, Ohio (where I was in graduate school). I chose to revive PLUCK because of my vivid memories of the physicality of the work and my ongoing interest in the issues of social and political hierarchies we explored. In our current political and social climate, I felt this work and themes were worth exploring and addressing again.
So now in 2019, I chose to approach the work as a re-making/re-imagining process. I gave myself permission to stray from the original video documentation to change phrase work, cut out sections, revise sections, and re-define, re-question, and re-discover the statements and ideas in the work. It is has been a very interesting/frustrating/fulfilling process the company has joined me in. Memories of the original version and collaborators bubble up and fade from week to week, and as I find myself approaching the piece with a more discerning and questioning eye, I also make clearer choices of what the piece truly is and is not. I can most compare this re-making to revising a term paper written 7 years ago, bringing to it new experiences, credibility, nuance, insight, and footnotes. The dancers have been amazing in this process, going all out and all in, giving themselves over to the extreme physicality and emotional intensity of the work.