Ideas, occasional setbacks, happy accidents, and strokes of inspiration are all part of the creative process for DancEnsemble, BYU’s student-choreographed contemporary dance group. Multiple student choreographers showcased the end results in a stunning show on March 13-14, 2015.
Contemporary dance has always placed high importance on individuality, and the dancEnsemble show reflected that emphasis. Choreographers drew their inspiration from themes ranging from Plato’s Cave to football announcers to body image, exploring their themes through dynamic art that was unique, thought-provoking, and even a little bit wild at times—in the best sort of way.
Marilyn Barrett, chair of the BYU Department of Dance, remarked, “The creative process works – I rediscover that every time I embark on a new creative endeavor. It begins with the unknown and a lot of curiosity about possibilities. It is also often born of necessity to solve a problem. I love Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s assertion that ‘the desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.’ In all the years of teaching creative dance to populations birth to turf – choreographing on experienced dancers and in community theatre with complete novices… I see a consistent response to this question, ‘What did you enjoy the most?’ The answer: ‘Being able to create my own dance!’”
Ready to put your own ideas in motion? Coming up on April 1, 2015, students in any sort of contemporary dance class can test their mettle as choreographers in the Iron Choreographer Dance Competition. At 12:00 in 185-187 Richards Building, three teams will be randomly selected from those who have signed up at 293 RB and will be given music, dancers, and props to create a dance in 50 minutes. Do you have what it takes?
Past dancEnsemble choreographers discuss the creative process in this video:
Photo of dancer Kat Ledbetter courtesy of BYU Department of Dance