I’ve been fortunate enough to be exposed to an incredibly diverse spectrum of art in my life and a lot of history behind the evolution of it. From visual art or opera to experimental theater, immersive theater, broadway, and ballet. I’ve worked in most of these genres as well as teaching a lot of them and am a huge advocate about conversation. I am constantly challenging people to think about if they like the work, do you understand why it’s important, or why you don’t like it. I have recently been teaching at the Martha Graham New York School for Contemporary Dance (not teaching her technique), I explained that I didn’t like her work after studying the technique in college and seeing much of it live. Several faces went white, and after I explained that I still very much appreciate what she brought to the art and how it changed what was happening at the time and opened doors for other artists to evolve what people are exposed to the exhale was overwhelming and the understanding of an educated opinion was so satisfying.
In my own work I am integrating movement vocabulary from ballet, contemporary, physical comedy, and American Sign Language. I feel so satisfied having an opinion and putting it into my work if it’s well received or not, I just hope the audience understands where we are all coming from and that we are all here for an experience and in the end a little more self knowledge. And hopefully some wine.