Development of my Solo work

Rehearsal 1

This rehearsal was really a re-cap of the original solo.

The solo I want to look at is one I first created during my residency in Peru in 2016. I was initially looking at the question ‘What is beauty?’. During my training I was told many times that I dance too beautifully so I wanted to challenge this. It was a piece that was aesthetically driven.

During the initial process the feelings then came up from past experiences that brought up the wider concept of what beauty is and who tells us what beauty is. It brought up feelings of when I was back in school and feeling ugly or different and being bullied for it. The feeling of oppression and not being allowed to be who you really are.

Interestingly, during this time I was also going through a difficult experience. One of feeling trapped and becoming something someone else wanted me to be. It wasn’t until this rehearsal and a lot of personal reflection on this period that I realised the solo isn’t just reflecting and exploring the experiences of a teenager but directly being influenced by the experience I was living.

During this first rehearsal I went over the material I had already created. I didn’t really want to change a lot at this point as I wanted to have the framework before I started the development. I also wanted to do some reading and research in to what this could be about that I knew would heavily influence this solo. What I did do though was take away the original music the solo was choreographed to. Although I liked the music a lot, it contained lyrics that didn’t really like to the piece. Instead I focused on using breath.

I did adapt some sections a) because of memory and b) to make the movement flow.

Whilst going over this movement there were many sections that I knew would change over the process. I was developing more of an idea about what I wanted to express and how it would come across.

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