Sunday, January 18, 2009
Kathleen Helm #2, "In the Kingdom of Enticement"
It’s a strange thing to look at a final product and trace it back to the initial concept. It’s also strange to think that if the work of art had been completed in a different period of time (even a minute later), the final product would be vastly different. Choreographers often notice the tiniest details of life and truly live in the moment. This plays a vital part in the creation of movement, because even the most mundane action (such as the vibration of a cell phone) can trigger the choreographer with a thousand different motions relating to that vibration.
The small details that inspire my choreography lie in music. I’ve recently discovered my passion for classical music, because it seems to naturally create movement. So, in terms of my dance for this year’s concert, it’s hard to say whether my final product achieved what I set out to do. This is because I envisioned what the song should “look like” before I began the choreographic process. In comparison to other choreographers, my method seems backwards, since I usually begin with a song, and build my concept on top. It is easier for me to draw a storyline out of the music, rather than the other way around.
Choreographing “In the Kingdom of Enticement” was not a struggle for me. For some reason, it just flowed. Each time I added movement to the piece, it magically fit together like a puzzle. I honestly don’t know how the process was so smooth. Again, I’ll have to give credit to the music. I also received positive feedback and encouragement from Diana, Maria, and my fellow dancers, and this unquestionably aided in my success. I’m definitely pleased with my final product, but the perfectionist side of me will always find flaws.
Photo: Prem Ananda premphoto.com