February 17, 2016


This is the third in a series of posts on the process of creating a new work entitled "Elapse"


Once I've cast dancers, taught phrases, and collected base material, I cannot procrastinate any longer. I have to start composing the actual choreography. This is the layer that the audience will see, and nothing is harder than laying down the first strokes. At this point I look around the studio and wish someone else were in charge.  A grownup....

February 12, 2016

This is the second in series of posts on the process of creating a new work entitled "Elapse"


Some of the most frequently asked questions by audience members in post-show Q&As are about music. How do you choose your music? What comes first, the choreography or the music?


For me, the music usually isn’t the first piece of the puzzle.  


I start with an idea or image.  In the case of my new piece Elapse for Ballet Memphis, it was the idea of running out of...

February 11, 2016

This is the first in a series about the process of creating a new work entitled "Elapse"


Elvis Costello allegedly said that “writing about music was like dancing about architecture.”   As a choreographer, I agree. It's challenging (though rewarding) to create work about anything besides dance itself.  I love to see meaning emerge from movement, even if it dissolves back into abstraction within seconds.  In my mind every piece I’ve created...

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