Video of the Month: Expanding Horizons
The video, “Double Pas de Deux,” shows four dancers performing Seamon’s contemporary ballet choreography at a final showing of the Regional Dance America National Choreography Intensive. The yearly conference immerses professional and pre-professional dancers and choreographers in two weeks of collaborative dancemaking. Participants share their work in nightly showcases and a final performance at the end of the conference.
Seamon, a Boston-based freelance choreographer, created “Double Pas de Deux” during the 2009 intensive under the guidance of choreography director Rob Kitsos, an associate dance professor at Simon Fraser University. He challenged Seamon to think outside the box. “He would give us a concept and ask us to turn it around like a diamond to explore every possible facet of it,” she says. Kitsos used prompts to get students’ ideas flowing and their bodies moving. “He’d give us impossible things like ‘scrub brush’ and ask us how just the sound of the word made us move,” Seamon says. “The Intensive is a laboratory. You can try all sorts of things that you wouldn’t try at home. It makes you grow.”
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Photo courtesy of Kira Seamon