The Theater of it All – Cleo

As I stepped into the studio yesterday, I knew that I wasn’t feeling it. My body and moving were not things that I wanted paired. But I had to get going. So I thought, “How do I loosen myself up?” What I ended up doing was putting on some Frank Ocean and dancing my ever-loving heart out. I didn’t think about my movements (or anything else for that matter.) I just moved. I danced and danced as song after song played. While a lot of the movements repeated, and I tended to burn out 3/4 of the way through the song, I still managed to develop quite a few good movements. The song Provider is what really got me moving. Something about the line “show me the wisdom in your movement” really kept me inspired. I came in sluggish and by the end all I wanted to do was dance.


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This exercise really got me thinking about the theater of dancing. When I was anticipating each lyric, and moving my body in a way that could best represent each word, phrase, and sound, I was able to realize just how similar this is to theater. I’m trying to convey emotions set out for me in my own unique way. My perspective is the guide, but it is heavily influenced by the work of others (or in the case of my dance, myself.) I remember, a few weeks ago, I was talking with T. Will about my project, and he said to me jokingly “You couldn’t incorporate theater into your project?” But the more I think about it, dance is theater. Dance is just a different manifestation of the same idea. That knowledge helped guide me through choreography. I kept thinking to myself, “how would I act this out?” And I let the movement take me where it needed to go.

4 thoughts on “The Theater of it All – Cleo

  1. nalovera

    I find I sometimes run into a similar roadblock with art, and the same solution helps. I want to be productive and get something done, but I pick up a pencil and nothing works. So sometimes, I just have to scribble a ton of unintelligible gloppy messes onto the page and then I start to move back into the flow of it. I’m glad that you found your own version of this in dance.

  2. Summer Cai

    Thank you for this post! I feel you’ve shared an experience that is essential to art and creativity. I had times when I felt inspired and know exactly what I want to write about. Other times, I try to create something, but have absolutely no idea what to write. At those times, I would force myself to write down every related thought that goes through my mind and worry about connecting them latter. I’ve found that creative exercise to be really helpful!

  3. qiaochuchen

    I love the song you shared! I think there are times when we don’t feel the things we are suppose to be doing. Sometimes is because of the stress we have. I did Yoga with T. Brian yesterday, and it really helped to get the minds back going.

  4. kcmill12

    I love Qiaochu’s comment. It’s prefect! Thank’s for sharing a song with us. Currently my favorite artists are Bishop Briggs and Maggie Roggers. My all-time favorite song is called Alaska by Maggie Rogers. Check it out… it is a masterpiece. Production is amazing.


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