Fun things have popped up recently. I have the opportunity to choreograph for a figure skater! I’ve always watched it on TV and wondered how modern dance could translate onto skates. A skater saw a performance I did around Xmas time in 2005 and remembered it and saw a recent show and got in touch with me. We had our first session on the outdoor rink near Kendall sq. on a day that was 25 degrees!
It was fun and I actually got on the skates briefly. I was a bit nervous about doing this because I had several classes starting the following week and didn’t want to risk getting hurt since I have never figure skated before. I did fall once and discovered you cannot lean backward on figure skates or you fall straight back. By the end I was able to skate forward and turn a little. I do like to use upper back arches in my work so this may be difficult to incorporate. I also expected that skaters stayed mostly in parallel position but actually they mostly skate in a turned out position, which I feel much more comfortable with.
Here is a clip of her fabulous skating, more soon as it develops. She was improvising to show me what she does.
Our second session was in the studio where I taught her some of the vocabulary I have been developing. It will be interesting to see how moving on skates changes the movement.
We have since tried some of my movement on the ice, more soon.