Contemporary dance1, which emerged in the second half of the 20th century, is an art form and way of expressiveness that has always attracted me and awoken my curiosity. Indeed, the reason why I chose this topic is because as a classical musician, and to curiosity of exploring different fields of performances and involving other kind of methods of expression, I decided to create my own project. It is a good opportunity of knowing better this “high” art of emotional expression involving the body, where the movements of the dancer, guided by the music, and this one for the poem recited, will express the feeling of the three of us and a deeper understanding of the poem.
I always wanted to combine dance and music. The project involved the creation of a performance combining improvisation, contemporary dance, contemporary music, and electronic music. The performance was based on a poem by Guisela Lopez called Woman Inhabit by Words, in which a narrator recited the poem the dancer was dancing and I was improvising on my viola connecting with the dancer. We were constantly reacting one to the other, interpreting the feelings and ideas embedded in Guisela Lopez’s poem. In addition, another person added electronics.
The poem was at the centre of the improvised work. This project was designed to explore the effects of performing a piece which I (co-)created myself and involving improvised elements, has on my performance experience – especially my confidence and performance anxiety. I designed a concert in which I played both a traditional recital piece and also this piece, which I created myself.