Weight – Cleo

T. Jenny and I talked about my progress last Monday, as we do every Monday. One thing she brought up was weight. In my dancing I’m always up on my toes. I like to feel light and pretty when I’m moving. But she made a good point: being light is meaningless if it does not exist in a dichotomy with heaviness. This week I’m trying to bring that heaviness into my movement. More specifically, I have to think about what it means to be heavy, and how that translates into the music and the story.


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I’m starting to see how the dance is deviating from the music. The story was about a man struggling to sell fruit; the song was about a change in thought (from bitterness to hopefulness); and this dance is, as I understand it so far, about self esteem. What I’m trying to demonstrate with my movement is the struggle of trying to put yourself out there, and how it feels to be rejected. I’ve been focusing on the beginning section of the song while choreographing. Through my work today, I’ve been thinking about weight. What’s weighing me down? How heavy is it? Why is it holding me back? I’m excited to continue to see this choreography develop.

2 thoughts on “Weight – Cleo

  1. perlinefeng

    The first word that came to my mind when I saw the title of the blog is “stress”. For me, stress weigh me down, but it also keeps me going at the same time. The weight in life helps me to be stronger, and I learn how to deal with heavier weights as time goes on.

  2. trayhammond

    Being a fellow performing artist, I couldn’t agree more with what T. Jenny said. It relates to acting, as well. No one likes to watch a single emotion. It is the shifts and swings that create conflict, which makes it captivating for the audience. Great work!


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