Pina Bausch and the Complex Inheritance of the Tanztheater

I wrote this paper for Hannah Kosstrin’s Dance History, Theory, and Literature II class. As I travel through Europe studying the Second World War, with the knowledge that tomorrow we will be entering Berlin, I found that the dialogue about the inheritance of this modern German culture is becoming more and more relevant.  Pina Bausch and…

Dublin and the Irish Spirit

From the slower paced rural city of Bayeux, France, I find myself finally with the time to reflect on the past week of travels while still immersing myself in European society deeply and presently. My European excursion began on May 3rd with Dublin, Ireland, and I came in blindfolded and with no expectations but to…

“Unbound, We Howl” (2018)

This year I had the pleasure of dancing alongside, underneath, and above 24 strong women in Alexandra Stilianos’ MFA Thesis Unbound, We Howl featuring dance, audience interaction, projection, sound and text distortion, and an overall immersive construction about the rage of feminism and representation of underrepresented gender identifications. Dancers were on stage, in the audience, and…

The Worst of the Best of Us (2018)

The most surprising, productive, enjoyable, and successful process I embarked on thus far my junior year has been this duet. When second year graduate student Josh Anderson approached me in August asking me to create a duet with him based on responses to writing prompts given to each other, I’m not sure either of us…

Just Say Yes (2018)

Throughout my junior year at OSU, I have been working on a trio on, by, about, and for dancers Maggy Garland, Laura Patterson, and Paige St. John. The intent of the work was to encapsulate the essence of my dancers and drawing material from them without actually asking them to generate any movement. The process…

Comp Special Topics: Games and Sharings

Better late than never! Last semester I had the opportunity to take Eddie Taketa’s composition special topics class, and to say the least, it entirely changed my relationship with the creative process and with dance. I watched myself go from someone who likes to make, to someone who likes to play. The work I created…

Intermedia Experience

As Autumn 2017 comes to a close, I sit down to reflect on the unique composition course I had the fortune to take this semester. Intermedia in dance proved to be an experience unlike anything I could have expected, and unlike any other. I feel incredibly fortunate to attend an establishment with unique tools such…

Parallel Connections

This is going to be blunt, honest, and completely vulnerable. If that’s a problem, then please move on to your regularly scheduled memes and cat videos. This took me time to get to because I honestly did not know what to write. How do you sum up three whirlwind months of intensely physical dancing, emotional…