I am starting work on a piece for Across the Ages Dance Project. I had everyone create material in rehearsal with a vocabulary I have been developing improvising in the studio alone. I taught them some movement and also gave them some written images. This is how I start most pieces. The cast is ages 5 years old to late 70s. Here is the melding of 4 phrases created by Marci Mitler (one of the producers) Karen Klein, Ashley Jensen and Hannah Lopez. I like the richness of the gestures as well as the fluidity of the movement.
The group is a blend of my students at UMass Boston, dancers from previous Dance Across the Ages productions, other students from various classes and dancers I worked with in Rhode Island last year plus folks who are new to Boston looking for audition opportunities.
Below is Ashley Jensen’s phrase by itself, then the melding of 3 other phrases with it.
Here is the phrase 4 people put together: