"I make work collaboratively, so the role of communication in my creative process is profound. My goal is to make performance pieces that connect audiences to personal experiences mentally, physically and emotionally. I want the audience to experience a performance with all of their senses in the present moment. To do that, I need to make personally powerful live art in which all participants are fully engaged and present in every aspect of the process. The working environment demands that I create a safe space that allows the communication of powerful emotions and truths to be revealed. Students are asked to collaboratively produce original movement and text through brainstorming sessions, theater and movement games, writing exercises and group discussions. Students are challenged to increase their range of motion and their aesthetic understanding of performance; to develop a choreographic voice; to find and trust their creative instincts; and to engage in a vibrant, inclusive, collaborative process. Each dancer's artistry, physicality, intellect, vulnerability, and curiosity are continually called upon during every step of the process -- from rehearsal to performance. By focusing on the importance of individual’s personal voices I hope to be able to better support participants to feel more empowered and fully immersed in both their physical and creative selves."
Residencies can be tailored to suit your organization's individual needs. CONTACT DEANNA for more information.