The images in this post are the product of my collaboration with the multitalented photographer Nikki Carrara. Sure, I had some movement prepared that I wanted photographed.
But that served only as a springboard that launched us on a tag team adventure. The ideas of one of us–whether verbal, visual or kinetic–ignited inspiration in the other, resulting in many evocative images, most of which never would have been produced had Nikki and I not cooperated in the creative process.
I hadn’t recalled all of that experiment when I sat down to write this. Yet, it helps me realize why I am so passionate about collaborating: in most areas of life, and particularly with other artists.
My unforgettable experience with Nikki merely reinforced my conviction that we are nearly always–always?–more powerful when working together with others. The old adage got it: Two heads (and hearts and souls) are better than one. Which brings me to today.
A couple of posts ago, I wrote about my decision to take a leap of faith and dive into co-choreographing a performance in a few weeks with a choreographer I have never set work with before and whom I don’t know well. Oh, and with 3 other dancers I hadn’t met before or had barely worked with. The prospect seemed risky…and exciting.
Today, at our first rehearsal, I think we were all a little anxious. And, why not? New faces, new movement, new process…making it up as we go.
And, as I’d sensed it would be, it was so inspiring! By the time I left the studio several hours later, I had such an abundance of ideas, my head felt as if it would explode…in a good way :). Most of them would not have been born had I been creating solo; most of them were in response to the other choreographer’s movement and ideas, or to one of the dancers.
So, we are on our way! Excited to see what unfolds and to cultivating our connection. Opening up to others’ visions and expanding our own.
Yup: better together.