I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. When is too much just…too much? This goes for everything – not even just dance. Being me…well..uh…my thoughts ARE primarily about dance!
I love effects, and scripts, and packing animations into a dance (I think 52 animations is my current record). They are my happy place, it’s like getting that big crayola crayon box with 120 colors and the built in sharpener. I want to use all the colors! Then I want to make them glow, and spin, and fade, and..and…
and…what about my dance? When is the beauty and the emotion of the dance lost amongst the fades and texture changes? What is that perfect balance? This is what I’m struggling with now in my current creation. Will people forget about the choreography, not notice it because the effects pull their attention away? Do the effects enhance the dance or is it because I love to play and went “oooh”…and other people went “oooh”?
There is a beauty in subtlety..especially with a soft piece of music. Sometimes it takes a lot of work to create a subtle cohesive performance that pulls at people’s emotions. One overpowering effect can destroy that. I will watch, with a critical eye…and do believe I will at least soften my effects in that dance. Curious? I’ll be performing it at Moonstone on 4/2.
I’m kinda making a face at the moment, which of course you can’t tell, thinking about tearing into the costume scripts AGAIN and giving my dancers their THIRD set. “This is the last one, I promise!”
Just wait, I’m feeling blue next…and pulling out ALL the crayons for that one.
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. – E.E. Cummings