As we promised, here is our second, and final “Choreographer’s Corner” featuring the contestants for our “Young Choreographer’s Prize”! Our final interview is with our youngest contestants in the performance. Both Arthur and Trixi are enrolled and dancing at UCSD, so not only have they been working hard for this competition, but they have been working hard with finals and completing their semester in school! We can hardly imagine how busy they have been, which is why we are so thankful for their time.
Here is what they have to say:
Q: Tell us a little bit about your history in Dance.
A: Both of our formal training started at UCSD, where we are currently enrolled. We were actually in the same dance class under Terry Wilson our freshman year, but we both don’t have any recollection of seeing each other. Our first time working together was in Liam Clancy’s piece “The Merry Chase.” It was funny because neither of us had been dancing long, but we were instructed to make a duet. A lot of our “choreographing” was us sitting there and staring at each other, hoping desperately for inspiration. But somehow, we survived and became good friends. As of today we have performed in over 15 shows together. We also co-choreographed two group pieces, “It’s Picnic Day,” in which a mother turns on her family after a vicious skunk attack, and “This Moment,” a piece about community and transcendence.
Q: Why do you believe your work should win this competition?
A: Honestly, we are just exhilarated to be a part of this show. We’ve been watching most of the contestants perform for a couple of years now, and some of them are our teachers. Arthur learned his inversions from Sadie two years ago, and today Trixi turned in her final paper for Gina’s history class. To be able to perform in the same show with all these people is an honor that we’re very thankful for.
Q: What are the themes involved in your piece? Is this a new exploration for you?
A: The piece examines loss and the impact it has on a relationship. We chose this theme because we are very interested in the human connection and its resilient nature. This piece is a very new experience for us because neither of us has choreographed solely a duet before. Our interests have always been in group pieces, so this has been a very challenging process. Also, we’re exploring a variety of ways of generating ideas and movement. For example, we’re finding inspiration from text, using structured scores for improvisation, sharing personal stories, etc.
Q: What do you want your audience to know coming into the performance?
A: Again, we’re grateful to be here. We can’t ask for anything more.
Thank you so much Trixi and Arthur. We can’t wait to see what your youthful energy brings to the plate.
And there you have it ladies and gentlemen! Eleven inspired young choreographers all ready to rock the house this Sunday at 5pm! This has been a joyous road for us to travel with each and every one of these interviews, and now we get to sit back and enjoy the performance on Sunday just like you!
To all our dancers involved, thank you so much for your enthusiasm, and making this blog so exciting and enlightened with your spirit for the last month! We adore each of you, and believe the magic you all bring to the competition on Sunday is going to make it a beautiful concert to be remembered in San Diego dance history. Merde!
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