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…

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…

Group Forms: Work and Reflection

Composition classes are a great space for personal growth. I took Group Forms in the hope that I would become more proficient and translating my artistic aesthetic onto larger groups of people. I found that I gained a lot of skills I didn’t expect such as being able to work better in collaboration with other…

Preserved, Revered, in Whole

The act of art making is intensely and inherently vulnerable… what else is new. You take some of the deepest bits of your soul and put it in a glass box, or in our case a black box, for people to experience, question, indulge in, judge, fall in love with, or worse, walk away utterly…

“Tif”: Composition II Final

For my final for Composition II, I decided to undertake a task much more difficult than any I have in this class all semester. I decided to create work for another person’s body. Working with the conceptual brain child of myself and Kat Sprudzs, I endeavored to make a work to be on and for Kat.…