Choreographic Fellows | January 14 – February 1, 2011
redundant, ready, reading, radish, Red Eye
While at MANCC, choreographers Kristin
Van Loon and Arwen Wilder (HIJACK) began the development of a new work based on
the investigation of verbal narratives.
Their research included working in the
studio with writers Jennifer Portman, Senior Writer for the Tallahassee
Democrat, author Pam Ball and author and American Book Award Winner Bob
Shacochis as well as FSU School of Dance students. As part of Kristin's focus
on journalism HIJACK toured Florida's capital city newspaper The Tallahassee Democrat
and discussed issues relating
to the endangered status of the print newspaper, the public record and
writing history with
was specifically interested in researching the area of language development and
explored the linguistic rhythm of dance and creation of narrative when viewing
dance during the residency.
During the process of development they addressed their approach to collaboration – as a duet they have a successful model for artistic union, but wanted to challenge their assumptions and reliable structures for co-creating. To this end, they looked at the mythology of HIJACK, the story of nearly 20 years of collaboration with photographer Bill Starr who has been following their work since 1991.
In addition, they participated in a panel discussion about their collaborative work process with choreographer and MANCC Visiting Artist Juliette Mapp and shared their early work-in-progress at a public Informal Showing.
Collaborators in Residence: Bill Starr [photographer, writer, archivist and dramaturg], Morgan Thorson, Jennifer Arave [performers]. Slideshow photos by Bill Starr.