Bayeux and The Normandy Beaches

On June 6th, 1944, Angelo Paradiso crossed the English Channel at twenty-one years old to fight valiantly for the Allied cause with the 90th infantry on Utah beach. On May 14th, 2018, I crossed the English Channel at twenty-one years old under very different circumstances to remember the sacrifices made by men and women of…

“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…

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…

Composition and Life Context

Composition has always been a bit of a “comfort zone” course for me. I lack confidence in so many areas as a dancer and artist, but I can always confirm with myself that I make decent work in composition. I noticed recently two stipulations of this. Firstly, it’s been made very clear to me that…