We hope you are healthy and staying well during these uncertain and challenging times. Just before the world turned upside down, we spent a chlorine and laughter-filled week in the pool with our incredible cast of seniors rehearsing our new dance film Bolero Seniors. Now, I miss being with our dancers and performers — the hug hello, the instant comfort of a smile, the reassuring laughs, and the joy of sharing physical space. I’m feeling the wear of social distancing, but I have been so comforted by the inspiration I’ve found collaborating online.
Just like you, I have been diving into Zoom and I am incredibly grateful for the new, virtual opportunities to connect and create. The last several weeks have been full of suspense and joy as I’ve spent hours online creating a new digital dance in partnership with the full community of artists from The Juilliard School — bringing together dancers, musicians, singers, actors, faculty, and alumni. Spearheaded by dear friend and President of The Juilliard School, Damian Woetzel, and based on K+C’s community work Bolero, Bolero Juilliard showcases the talents and creativity of the country’s best young artists across discipline in a portrait of art-making and shared humanity amid physical isolation and uncertainty.
I have always believed in the saying: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Right now, with our desire to connect and create work in collaboration amplified, I have felt necessity lighting the spark of invention and inspiration. It has brought me so much pleasure to return to the rehearsal process with former dancers and especially with my creative partner in crime, Nicole Wolcott through Bolero Juilliard. Nicole and I will also be collaborating on a new short video dance for Works & Process at the Guggenheim, with other new virtual works and community engagement in the pipeline.
I look forward to hearing the chime of someone entering a Zoom session. We still laugh when someone makes a mistake — and mistakes are still choreographic opportunities in disguise. I don’t want to live in this online world forever, but I do wonder what opportunities in disguise it might present or how this virtual experience might influence the creative process when we return to some normalcy. What will the new normal look like, feel like, and what art will we create. One thing I know for sure — the times are uncertain but creation still happens and inspiration is vibrant.
With many of K+C’s engagements in 2020 now cancelled, the opportunity to embark on new creative endeavors has been a true gift. However, like many of our colleagues in the dance field, we are experiencing the financial impact of lost gigs. Support from our closest family and friends will make a direct impact on our ability to nurture that spark of invention and inspiration and use our work, our vision, and spirit of collaboration to enliven our sense of connection and community.
At this moment, I’m deeply grateful for you, the K+C family. From all of us at K+C, we hope you continue to stay safe and well.
With warm wishes,
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