KARAR DANCE COMPANY | Alumni Profile

KARAR DANCE COMPANY | Alumni Profile


(ambient music) – I like to be active, and I
like to do a lot of things, so I think dance allowed me to be active, but also express myself in a creative way. I am a very creative
person, and I like how dance is somewhat problem solving, and you kind of, you get
to make up your own moves. You have to take a lot of time
to really work on something. To perfect it, or to improve in it. (ambient music) When I graduated, I
didn’t necessarily know exactly what I wanted to do. I felt the pressure to
perform professionally, because that’s what was more the norm, and that’s what most people wanted to do. But I think, for me, I
just wanted to continue to make work and to share it. I was applying for opportunities
to share my choreography, and I wasn’t getting any yes’s from these, so I was like, well, I’m just going to start doing my own thing,
and create my own opportunity to show my work. So, that’s why I ended
up starting the company, and it’s just kind of snowballed. For rehearsals, I’ll typically come in not with too much material. I like to make up material as I go, and I also like to
collaborate with my dancers to create the work. So, while I am the choreographer, they definitely have an artistic
voice within each piece. Most of my dancers are VCU alumni. I chose VCU because, out of all of the programs
that I was looking at, VCU had a really strong
choreography department. When I came and saw the
student choreography show, I was just blown away
by the students concepts and talent to create work, and it looked like work that was done by seasoned professionals
or faculty members, and I was like, this
is where I need to be, because I wanna make work like that. I prefer choreographing. I like the attentiveness
to detail that it requires, and I like playing with bodies and space, and how different movements and different qualities of movement can mean something completely different. Choreography is just this huge puzzle, and you have to try and put
the pieces in correctly, and it’s also a never-ending process. I like the thrill of
never quite being done with making work. (audience applauds)

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