Boxes & Boundaries
First, I want to thank everyone who was able to come out to our fundraiser on Saturday. I cannot express enough how thankful I am to have completed a full first season with Intrepidus Dance, and how grateful I am to start our sophomore season. Early into the start of our second season, I really wanted to take a look at the artistic direction I would be taking the company in and the ways we would continue to make genuine work. Oftentimes when creating an artistic vision, new works, and an overall path for a company, the outside pressures and expectations can take over. For me personally, I tend to struggle with allowing the expectations of others drive my everyday life. This is why going into this next season we have decided to strip away the boxes and boundaries--and focus on making art.
Starting this season Intrepidus will no longer be a Modern Dance Company; but rather, a Dance Company.
Over this past summer I took some time to reflect on my work and where I wanted it to go, and the singular point that I kept revisiting was this feeling that I was boxing myself in. I had been trying to get my choreography to fit into a certain niche, and by doing so was not producing my best work. During our summer sessions with the dancers, I tried on many different hats trying to find one genre or style that would best fit the company. Instead of helping me narrow this down, I bore witness to the immense talent and training the dancers in our company had--in all genres! Once again, I was forced to head back to the drawing board.
I was introduced to Twyla Tharp at the age of 16, on my inaugural trip to New York City. I saw my first Broadway show, Movin Out, full of Tharp’s choreography to Billy Joel’s music. I fell in love with what I saw and wanted to know more. Being a bun-head myself I naturally found my way to her ballet works, but it wasn't until my college years I learned about Tharp’s vast training and choreography in many genres. When looking into her choreography and history I realized, she never fit into one box, she just took matters into her own hands and started producing her own work, in the style and way she wanted to produce. While mostly a modern choreographer, Ms. Tharp produces work in ballet, jazz, modern, and on Broadway. It is from Twyla that I drew my inspiration for our second season.
While removing labels is by no means a new concept, it is a necessary step for Intrepidus in our next season. We are excited to carry this new direction into our May show--which leads us to the big announcement you have all been waiting for!
We were pleased to announce on Saturday night with the guests of our fundraiser the date and title of our May show. “Femme” (a concert of stories about women--by women) will premiere May 6th-8th, 2016 at Velocity Dance Center. We plan to spend the next year exploring what it means to make art that will be genuine and impactful to our community, and are all excited to see where this next step leads us. We hope you choose to join us on this next season’s journey!