Oprimido Development

Stage 1

Through this process I am going to look at the development of a solo piece of work. I initially wanted to recap both the movement and look back at what the original starting point was for the solo. Asking why I created it? Who was it for? What did I want to say?

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

During the initial process feelings came up from past experiences, of worrying I wasn’t beautiful enough or wasn’t good enough, worrying that I was different. Upon further exploration of this idea the wider concept of what beauty is came up for me. Who tells us what beauty is? Who enforces these ideas? The key idea was 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, I knew this 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 link 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 am starting to develop more of an idea about what I want to express and how it would come across.

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