Dance, Where are you leading me now?
My professor, friend, choreographer, and fellow Artist Wendy Rogers, approached a couple of individuals, and I about an amazing opportunity, about 5 months ago. She spoke of ODC, and how they were planning on having a summer intensive in the summer of 2014. Upon hearing this wonderful opportunity, I quickly pondered to myself, “I have to go at all cost,” in a nut shell, I decided to attend the two week summer intensive in the Bay Area, at ODC.
During my stay, I had the pleasure and honor to work with Artistic director Brenda Way, Physical comedy by Bill Irwing (look him up), Hope Mohr (look her up), and many more amazing Artist. The immense amount of information I received during those two weeks are still scattered in my cerebrum, who is still trying to collect the pieces and formulate a complete image, thought, idea, dance, movement etcera.
Having to wake up at 7am or 8 am mostly every day to catch the Muni (public transportation) was in itself a challenge to endure, upon arrival at the ODC commons, and dancing for 8-9 hours(9am-5/6pm) daily with a performance to watch 3 times a week( 8-10pm) and arriving home at 12-1am is a ridiculous routine,but if that was not rigorous enough I do not know what is. But regardless of the long hours, and restless nights, the sweaty clothes I wore throughout the day (of course I had extra clothing to change) demonstrated the hard work I was putting into those classes. At first I felt like I was going to collapse from exhaustion but quickly felt my endurance increase throughout the days, due to the high volume of dance classes I was doing daily. Some of the company members would admit “even I don’t dance that many hours.”
Overall, the experience was exhausting, thrilling, wondrous, and fulfilling .
In later posts, I will talk about the shows, and topics that were discussed in the Intensive.