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.
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.