Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Creative Habit

“Metaphor is the lifeblood of all art, if it is not art itself. Metaphor is our vocabulary for connecting what we’re experiencing now with what we have experienced before. It’s not only how we express what we remember, it’s how we interpret it-for ourselves and others.” -Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit (p 64)

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Looking for Freedom

I really like the effect of the chain link fence in this clip.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Tim Woodford's Underscores

The following are "Dance Anywhere" clips that were taken and combined with underscores by Tim Woodford. Thank you so much Tim, for contributing your talent and inspiring me to keep moving forward with my project.

"Dancing Anywhere"

(originally Improv Part I)

"Trail Dancing"

(orginally Searching for Flow)

"Stairway to Tunnel Dancing"

(originally Toward the Old Sac Tunnel)

"Dancing Down a Level"

(originally At the Mall - The Escalators)

Monday, April 9, 2007

What Color Do You Feel?

This piece was inspired by a sculpture in Downtown Sacramento:

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Playing With Escalators

Playing With Escalators is a clip taken late at night at a mall:

Toward the Tunnel

This clip was taken to play with both reflection and movement.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Short Clip on a Dirt Road

This clip was taken while watching the sunset on a dirt road near Auburn, CA.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Memorial Auditorium

While skating by this spot, I realized it would be a great place for a Dance Anywhere shot. I love the lighting and all of the elements I had to play with.

Under the Moonlight

I was trying to create a silouette with this, but I should have used a tripod.

Following the Waves

This improv was inspired by the movement of the ocean, the texture of sand and the lighting of a sunset. I loved making this one!

Tears in My Eyes

This clip was taken a bit too late, lighting wise, but I decided to include it to my blog anyway. Despite the poor lighting, there are still components of the piece that I like.

Friday, February 16, 2007

The Making of Dance Anywhere

The Dance Anywhere project began in 1984, when I began pulling out a table in the back yard to create a performance stage in the outdoors. The board was necessary when I was using my tap shoes. I spent my life from the age of 7 studying dance from Fresno and Merced to Sacramento where I studied with the Crockett Dance Company (now know as the Deane Dance Center), and Sacramento Ballet from 1992-1996. In 1995, I began dancing in the trees with fellow dancers at the Boston Ballet Summer School. We would shimmy across the trees in a local park singing songs and dancing while striking ballet poses for the camera.

Due to a severe injury, my dance career was hindered from 1996-1999 but while studying abroad in Oxford, England, a local choreographer Nicoli, got me back involved in performing. We practiced in an outdoor facility on the outskirts of Oxford. Nicoli also made me aware of Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance and how it could be the link to my poor health and chronic dance injuries. I am forever grate ful to her for this.

In 2002, upon my return to California, I began a gluten-free diet and at the same time I began studying improvisation and choreography classes with Dr. Linda Goodrich at Sacramento State University. In 2004, I graduated from Sac State and took a break from the masters program in Psychology to pursue my health.

From 2004 onward, I have been working on a project that involves a merging of arts, visual, musical and the art of motion... which could be considered the precursor of dance. I called the project dance anywhere, as I would often set choreography pieces in the trees of Sac State between my classes, or in McKinley park which was close to my apartment in midtown Sacramento. Taking dance to where ever I was going, I began to realize that my stage had always been in nature, and it felt more homely than the stage to which I spent my youth.

In 2005, the journal collages, mixed with hand written choreography notes and improvisational exercises led me to beginning the practice of video logging. Video logging, also known as vlogging, made it easier to remember choreography from improv sessions. Dyspraxia, a form of dyslexia often made my notes difficult to read and vlogging made note recording a lot easier.

The vlog project began being posted on YouTube, when a fellow YouTuber and I began traveling together on our shared Tuesday weekend. A time when most people were working the standard 8-5 job.

We traveled throughout California choosing random places that we considered beautiful, to create pieces of video art. I would connect my ipod by headphone and see where the music could take me. One take was all I got. So the pieces were really raw. Sketches that could be perfected later.

At the time, sharing the videos was a problem, but the problem was solved with sites like: youtube.com, livevideo.com and myspace.com.

In 2006, I was given a small digital camera, as a gift, to capture my dance pieces and I am currently posting these vlogs on my youtube site: youtube/danceanywhere.

This blog is dedicated to my continued journey through motion, art and dance and to my continued health.

The most joyous times of my life have been the moments spend moving with music, to music and for music. How can anyone sit still? We should all be dancing anywhere and everywhere we go.

Now posting is no longer an issue. Only time can tell what will happen with my online posting. I love feedback... so feel free to contact me if you have any ideas, questions or thoughts about digital dance blogging or about my project.

-Melanie