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|kikezoe||Reflecting on the Househedz experience||0||Jun 19 2008, 9:40 AM EDT by kikezoe|
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As everyone has already said, it was truly an honor to be a part of this project: to learn a completely new culture/style of dance and performance, to work with Meida and take on her choreography, and to be able to share the whole experience with all the other dancers as well as the audience members each night of the performance. Now that I've gotten a taste of house music/movement, and have had the amazing opportunity of working with Meida, I'm eager to learn more.
I also wanted to say (and this might get me into a little bit of trouble if certain people were to see this but...who cares, I'm being honest) I've worked with a lot of choreographers, both at Brown and in general, and I'd have to say that I don't think I've come across a choreographer who I respect and admire as much as I do Meida. She has such a strong, clear vision for her pieces and choreographs with such detail that it always made me want to work harder and strive to bring that vision to life on stage. Also, I think Meida gives so much of herself in her movement and her pieces that it's hard not to feel the need to do justice to her work. I think the night Michele and I performed the Fierce Section as a duo during the commencement dance show is a perfect example of this: I don't usually get nervous about performances anymore, but for some reason, that night I was so anxious! I think because it was the last time we were performing it, I felt this added pressure (all coming from me) to perfect the movement because it would be my last opportunity to get it 'right'.
I also wanted to just say thank you to Meida for being so patient with us and working around all of our schedules (which was a MESS in the beginning). Searching for rehearsal space until midnight that one night was quite an adventure- even the not-so-good times became good times:)
|markbrown09||Thoughts on the Project||0||Jun 9 2008, 12:09 AM EDT by markbrown09|
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I want to echo Sele when I say that it was an honor to be a part of this project!
Househeadz/"Give Thanks" was also an important event for me as a performer. It was my first dance in a dance concert and I must say that this was the perfect way to begin. The movements were not exactly because I feel that, in a way, all black vernacular comes from a similar place with individual spins and styles. I found myself feeling the moves and grooves a lot easier than I thought. Although I had not done these particular moves before, such as jacking and the reebok, I found that they were fun to pick up. That is one thing I must say about this process - it was always fun! Even when it took me a while to learn movement I always felt support and Meida was always willing to go over things again.
I must say that I LOVED being given the chance to vogue on stage! The Queen section of the piece made me happy every night. I loved being able to show the movement style created by queers of color on a concert stage. I felt like I was giving back to those who paved a way for me to be a more-open queer man of color - that we are people and dancers as well - that our movement can/should be respected. This piece really laid down a strong foundation in my thoughts from multiple perspectives in terms of dance, the concert stage, black vernacular, and other things.
The FIERCE TRIO also made me very happy every night! The choreography and attitude that those ladies gave was so juicy to watch every single time. I must admit those ladies would always set me into a fierce mode every performance.
The only note I would give is the fact that I wished I had learned more about the intention behind the movements and maybe that was my fault for not asking but I wished I had known more. They were BEAUTIFUL movements and I wish I had known about their origins and thought process.
Thank you so much for your patience and for giving me this opportunity!
|2amarilla2||Giving thanks for this project||0||May 11 2008, 5:40 PM EDT by 2amarilla2|
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It has been an honor to be part of this fabulous project!
Househedz/"Give Thanks" has been an important path on my personal journey, and rounded out both my first four years of graduate school, and my journey towards considering myself a performer. I find that Chicago House movements did not come 'naturally' (as few dances could-especially the codified movements of regionally-specific, vernacular dance), but once they got locked in, are here to stay.
The day we were given the task of Giv[ing] Thanks on paper, free-writing on the topic of gratitude, I did not expect to use my poetry/text/literalization of my spiritual beliefs in performance, but I am grateful that I did. Each night my vocalized prayers recentered me, calmed my nerves, and brought me back to what this piece was about. And it is my distinct pleasure to say that I Give Thanks for this project in large part for it marked the very FIRST time I enjoyed performing as much as I enjoyed creating/learning/practicing the choreography.
Thank you Meida, thank you co-members of the group, and thank you audience for sharing in this experience with us.
May your blessings be bountiful.
May you be surrounded by love.
May your life be peaceful.
May you have joy.
These are my prayers, Querida Diosa.
May they so.
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