by Nicole Harris
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Nicole Harris: This is your first time choreographing for NACHMO. (WELCOME!) What are you most nervous and most excited about the experience of creating work in a month?
Katrina Conte: I have been wanting to create a piece based off the Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham for awhile now and I’m excited to explore some abstract funky movement to match his whimsical book. I'm nervous about completing a piece in a month that I feel is complete, but I am trying to think of this show as a test run before it's shown again in our ALIVE show in April.
N: You are choreographing this year as part of Alive Dance Collective and your piece will be inspired by their season theme of books. Can you tell us about what book you’re using and how you’re planning to use it? What first drew you to the book?
KC: I was first drawn to this book when I went to see How the Grinch stole Christmas the Musical touring at my university a few years ago. There was a fun fact page about Dr. Suess in the program and it mentioned he only uses a total of 50 words rearranged to create the story of Green Eggs and Ham. This sparked an idea! I will be generating a move for each word in the story and choreographing it in the structure of the book. I am also having my musician be inspired by a similar idea.
N: In addition to dancing for Alive you have worked with The Click and Kim Holman in the last year. All of those choreographers have very different practices. What have you learned about your own choreographic process and how has it changed through 2022?
KC: I have also danced with Kairos Dance Theatre within the last year! My choreographic process has become a lot more collaborative with the dancers I'm working with. I have also learned it's okay to not know where you're going and trial and error leaves room for exploration and new ideas. I have noticed recently that I am very inspired by literature and using it to explore words and phrases in movement to create my works.
N: Monkeyhouse and NACHMO Boston believe that we wouldn’t be here without the support of our community. Who is one of your favorite local choreographers and why?
KC: I am still new to this city and would say I haven't seen enough work from different choreographers to have a favorite. But two Choroeghers whose work I admire are Shen Wei (NYC Based) and Rosie Herrera (Miami Based).