Motion Bank: Two

Re-imagining Choreographic Ideas

Posts from the “Process” Category

Word Cloud of Bebe’s Movement Direction

Posted on May 23rd, 2012

Norah and I have been working on establishing a vocabulary that we could use to better discuss some of the choreographic tendencies that Bebe employs in her work.  We started from the vocabulary we gleaned from our conversations with Bebe about the work and our residency with the company.  To test some of this vocabulary development we invited Bebe to direct OSU dance student Erik Speth during a motion capture session.  When directing Erik, we asked Bebe to work within the specific subset of her ideas that we had summarized.  Bebe and Erik worked with some phrase material that they had already been rehearsing for a Spring performance as well as some improv that was shaped by Bebe’s descriptive direction.   Aside from the…

Bebe Miller Timeline

Posted on April 6th, 2012

As part of the Two Project we decided to construct a timeline of Bebe Miller’s choreographic work history. The basis of this artifact making was the ongoing discussion with Bebe about how the direction of her work is deeply influenced by the world around her.  Bebe describes her work as an “interest in finding a physical language for the human condition.”   The design of a timeline seemed to be an effective choice to place next to each other both world events and choreographic work to help us to better visualize how they are connected.   And of course in her newly evolving work, “A History” Bebe re-examines with dancers Darrell Jones and Angie Hauser and dramaturg Talvin Wilkes how their creative context has evolved…

Collaboration and Organization

Posted on April 4th, 2012

Once Bebe Miller had walked into the rehearsal space of our January 2012 residency with the Company I was reminded of the similarities (and differences) of collaborative structures in dance making as they relate to both design and teaching practices.  Up to that point, honestly, I was not quite sure how Bebe worked as a choreographer.   Collaboration in design has evolved radically in the last 20 years as we have moved from “designer knows best” to approaches we classify as “cooperative design practices”.[1]   And here at ACCAD our creative research practices and projects most often function within collaborative structures that combine multidisciplinary points of view as a way of pushing innovation through and with technology.  As teachers, we think and practice through collaborative…

Allowing for the Unknown

Posted on March 28th, 2012

Beginnings are messy. We deliberately start by not knowing in order to allow our research to emerge from the materials at hand. Beginnings are messy because we entertain all input, listen and watch, listen and watch and take in, and listen and watch, and gather multiple perspectives. Nothing is outside the boundaries in the beginning. Beginnings are messy. We deliberately start by not knowing in order to move into new spaces and encounter the unfamiliar. We are in the beginning now of a new project. The boundaries are defined only slightly. We know our concerns are choreographic. We know we are interested in bringing forth choreographic ideas through the mediums we have at hand animation, video, computer graphics, data, and code. We are beginning…