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N: What are you most nervous about regarding ChoreoFest?
ND: We are most nervous for the time constraint that comes with Choreofest. We typically take 2-4 weeks to create the skeleton for a new work, but we are confident that we can condense our creative process and build a work we are proud of in 24 hours. It is an exciting challenge!
N: Since this is a very controlled creative space (in terms of time and topic) where do you see yourself starting when you get in the space?
N: In creating a new work, what in the relationship between you and your dancers? Do they participate in the creative process? If so, how?
ND: We are so lucky that our dancers are our friends! Many of us trained together in college, and most of us were members of the same contemporary company at Boston University. We work together to create new works. We (Gracie and Natalie) are the directors, so the concepts and music choices are often ours. However, if a dancers has an idea, we are always excited to work with it and help the dancer to develop as a choreographer. In creating new movement, we (G&N) direct the improvisations to see what movements fit this new world. We pull from our dancers' strengths and how they interpret the concept before we set any choreography. It is absolutely a dance collective in that sense.
N: Who are your mentors?
N: Who are some of your favorite choreographers? If you could pick any choreographer from any time to set a piece on you, who would it be and why?
ND: We are both currently obsessed with the work of Jaci Royal, the director and choreographer of Royal Flux based in Los Angeles. Her movement is raw, athletic, bold, daring, and exciting. Her larger group pieces are captivating, and the stage pictures that she creates are incredible. As we create works that portray women empowering one another, choreography like Jaci Royal's is inspiring. We would be honored to have Jaci Royal set a piece on us!!
N: What other events do you have coming up?
ND: We have our first full-length production, "Pushing Past Impulse" at Green Street Studios on Friday, August 19th at 8pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/children. We are thrilled to produce our best works since our inception! Here is the Eventbrite link for tickets, and our post in the Boston Calendar.
N: Where can people learn more about you and your work?
ND: Here are our Facebook page, website, and Twitter page. Check out what we are all about!