Nubian Jazz Club Experiment Concluded

One more experiment down…

Thanks to my students for another lovely term and performance at The OMEDA Winter Showcase at Thornbury Theatre on Saturday.

So, how did we go?

I recorded my initial inspirations here.

There are many movements referenced from the first video – The Reda Troupe.

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However the 1920’s costuming we went with and the jazzy nature of the music make the look of the dance very different.

We all worked from the same costume brief and kept each other updated with our individual interpretations. The costuming alone makes it look very different to a folkloric piece where all dancers are in matching costumes.

I am really happy with how the partner work developed. From here by myself in my study imagining to here in class.

I don’t think I captured the spectacle of the Katherine Dunham video from my initial inspirations.

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Or the sassiness of Cyd Charisse which I hoped to capture in my solo. Partly it was because the pace of the music is so laid back and also because I had scaled back my solo as I’d hoped to have the dancers behind me gradually joining in with my movements until all were in a pyramid moving with me. But alas, time is always an enemy and we didn’t have time to develop that section.

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As for Dawn Richards, well maybe that’s inspiration for my next experiment – a contemporary choreography to Amon Tobin that I’ll be developing in a short five week course in August/September.

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All the experiments from this year will be performed at a special night at Fed Square’s Deakin Edge 12 December. It is absolutely FREE so I hope you can all come! In term 4 I would like to polish and possibly further develop some of the areas of the choreographies that needed extra time.

Thanks again to the commitment of all my students! Without further ado – here is Nubian Jazz Club Experiment.

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