Over to you, Jay

Both of you!

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2 comments to Over to you, Jay

  • Our DANSCROSS project has lots of limitations: theme, time, dancers etc. Do the two choreographers really think about the following?

    My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint diminishes strength. The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self of the chains that shackle the spirit.

    Igor Stravinsky, Poetics of Music
    Russian composer in US (1882 – 1971)

  • John

    I have worked on a principle of “less is more” within all my work for many years. I do think that choreographers are always faced with obstacles but often do not see them or take advantage of them … where is the work to be performed? (a theatre or a warehouse) By whom? (young dancers or experienced / male or female) Who will see the work? How much time do you have? (to make the work & to perform it) Is there music? The list goes on …

    I like to find a way to merge these aspects into a works conceptual framework … that the building (the process even before one sets foot into a rehearsal studio) reflects the outcomes … the directions & choices one makes are informed by the parameters of the situation.

    Robert Wilson once told me: “John, there is a freedom within boundaries …” Well, actually he didn’t really say it to me, i read it in a book somewhere. But I hear his voice the moment I begin a work.

    Imagine standing in a huge vast space & being told to move. What do you do? Where do you start? Given one instruction – move slowly for example … & one can begin to dance …

    “Oh just talk about anything” & one is often left speechless …

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