(Express Yourself Milwaukee)
3421 West Lisbon
The dance score was a combination of set-choreography and a structured improvisation that was first developed in September in the garden and vacant next to the Amaranth Café). That location was quite large and we took advantage of the space, so in considering a place to perform indoors, the front studio in Express Yourself Milwaukee was the largest, so we choose it. Even so, the space was many times smaller, so we had to adapt the dance. For instance, we eliminated running and some fast movement. Even though we used music during the performance, the dance did not rely on the music; rather our cues in the score came from each other. I learned about dancing in a group as one, rather than as four people dancing solos in the same space. I had to watch and empathize with my classmates as we danced because we did not give audible cues, they were a nod or an exchange of glances or movement-based. At the time of performance, the dance is often most important, but I also value the time afterward to reflect. We had the feeling that we did more than just dance, but that we felt also that we were briefly part of the Washington Park community and were rewarded with the presence and smiles of its people.
From top left: Mina Na, EJ Holmes
From bottom left: Flauntajia Harris, Tori Diny