I graduated from college some months ago, so my task recently has been to slowly find my professional legs and figure out how to walk like an adult. It has been difficult because at Michigan with two degrees in process, I had to work really hard and really fast for the majority of the time with little time to recuperate. Now I'm faced with the tricky task of adjusting to a self-structured life, filling random hours with rehearsals and dance classes and spending the rest of my time thinking about what else I can do...
In this excessive extra time, I began to ponder about choreography. Ever since I was thirteen, I've felt the drive to choreograph. But now that I'm not immersed in the organization of education, I find myself struggling to grasp onto inspiration for long enough to produce something. How can I possibly create without a system of supportive dance professors mentoring and guiding my choices? How do professional dancers and choreographers monitor and ignite their creativity? I'm beginning to search for clues into the creative process by listening to phrases that choreographers use which catch my attention and help me to finesse my movements as a performer.
So I guess this blog is my search for those kernels of inspiration that capture my attention. I hope that by writing about inspiration, creative process, and what makes dance accessible, I can clue into an essential element of choreography: its fulfillment of an obsession. I use the word obsession because of its immediacy, an all encompassing fixation on a concept that can't help but drive creativity. And perhaps, if my work is successful, I can transform this fixation into a world that engulfs the audience experience, even if briefly, so they become just as intrigued and obsessed as I am.
So, at risk of defining this blog when it inevitably will develop a mind of its own, I dare to give myself a guideline:
The purpose of choreography is to absorb obsession, transforming it into an experience that inspires obsession. What are these obsessions that drive creation? How do ideas transform into inspirations? How will my obsessions emerge out of the labyrinth of my artistic transition into professionalism? This blog is my exploration of that drive of creativity as I search for my nook in the world of professional dance.