As part of the upcoming show, Elevate, each company is bringing a repertory work to round out the performance. Shana Simmons Dance has decided to bring a movement forward piece set to the music of Otis Redding. After researching Redding's life and reading his biography, I was captivated by his ability to express the range of emotions a person can experience. (I've also listened to his music quite a bit and am moved sometimes to tears) I am extremely interested in how his artistry can stir in me an emotion so powerful, simply within a two minute song. As he states, "It's what we call soul...."
We've been addressing a section of the work that deals with two solos set to "I've Been Loving You Too Long." Most of the music in the work is a live version from his performances, as I felt those tended to be a more in-the-moment example of his inner workings as a performer. Though the movement is set, I hope to connect the audience both visually and audibly in an experiential way, hoping they feel like they're at a concert and allow themselves to be absorbed by the music and dance.