I recently was given an assignment for my choreography class and were were instructed to make a 30 second solo. That was it. Once I choreographed my movement we were told to imagine a location for this piece. It could be anywhere!! I pictured this solo in a vast space, specifically a location that resembled an area from my favorite film from 1984, Paris, Texas.
This assignment turned into a "dance for camera" project where we were to film it anywhere besides the dance center at school. My prime location wasn't as accessible as I had wished and I considered using an outside space in Chicago yet I was drawn to the idea of using the Art Institute. It seemed challenging and urged me to think about WHY I had originally chosen my vast space in the desert.
What was it about an empty space that connected my movement to an area like that?
I wandered around looking for walls that caught my eye. It took me a little bit but I was finally able to let go of my "perfect location" and adapt my artist choice to the place around me. This is: THE DESERT OF A CITY