During the year of 2012, I both lived the life of a dance-maker and, simultaneously, studied it,
acting as an embedded
in my dance community. My study included fieldwork (actually making dances),
case studies (one-on-one meetings with everybody involved in the creative process as well as
a few audience members), and visual documentation. A large part of the year was spent
working on versions of 40 Dancers Make 40 Dances for the Dancers.
brought together an eclectic group of colleagues to construct
performances and build a community
, based on
The Pronouns: A Collection of Forty Dances for the Dancers
a book of performance instruction poems written, through a series of chance procedures,
by my father, poet/composer/multi-media artist Jackson Mac Low.
This experiment in community led me to... connection. Physical connection, emotional linkages,
philosophical relationships. The we in the I, the I that is always a we. Time spent in the wordless state of
weaves connections through sharing physical space, through
touch and weight
and paying attention. This is a site of connection. It is a journey through the connections made in and through
the 40 Dancers piece
--the people, the theory, the practice, the analysis and synthesis
of observation and experience.