Welcome back everyone! Our next feature for our ‘Young Choreographer’s Prize’ is here! We held a “double” interview for you, because Keely Campbell and Deven Brawley entered and were accepted as a joint applicant to the contest.
We asked the talented duo our questions, and sat in on one of their rehearsals which was such a treat. The two worked so well together- they shared lots of laughs, and excitement for the piece they are creating. We do not doubt that what they come up with will be a product of this unique artistic relationship.
Here is what they had to say:
Q: Tell us a little bit about your history together in Dance.
A: Deven P Brawley and Keely Campbell met in the classes of Faith Jensen-Ismay while studying dance in North County.
Through the years we found ourselves side by side for many artistic endeavors throughout San Diego. After many years partnered together for the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective we began to to venture into separate paths choreographically. In 2007, we joined forces to create a work for Jillian Chu’s Bound Contemporary Dance Project’s ‘Bottle Night’. Following the performance we had many long discussions of what we both found true in how we express ourselves as artists, thus DK Dance was born.
DK Dance moves into an exploration of how two very different people can compliment one another when they’re able to get outside the layers and take a refreshing approach to what it means to simply express human emotion through art.
Q: Why do you believe your work should win this competition?
A: When we decided to enter this event, the end result was not about winning. We simply were hoping to have a avenue to show DK Dance to a wider audience. Although the thought of winning such a large sum of money for the future of company is a grand notion, we are simply pleased to be viewed by a panel of such esteemed judges, colleagues, and friends. Plus we get to share the stage with a myriad of amazing artists we might not otherwise have the opportunity too.
Q: What are the themes involved in your piece? Is this a new exploration for you?
A: Our work is simple, clear, and expressive. We strive to strip away unnecessary layers and evoke true emotion on stage- hoping to engage the audience in our method of story telling. We connect a familiar idea with our audiences and let them take what they will from the work.
Q: What do you want your audience to know coming into the performance?
A: Enjoy it for what it is, with all art take a moment to digest it, relate to it, and love it. We know we do!
Here are photos our fabulous photographer Aaron Rumley shot of their rehearsal: