With less than two weeks to go until our Season Seven Performance, we've asked our dancers and choreographers to share what makes them excited, passionate and inspired by being a dancer and being a member of OnStage. Check out #WhatMovesYou on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for an inside look at what our dancers are musing about as they prepare for the show. Here's some of our favorites:
Katherine Cota MacDonald: Remember the time I (wo)manned up and auditioned for a dance company by myself after being away from dance for years? Oh yeah. 2 years later, you should come to our show. #rhythmisadancer #rhythmofthenight #bemylover #labouche #whatmovesyou #1996 #onstagedanceco
Katherine, can you tell us more about how you felt leading up to your first audition?
To elaborate, I was so excited to audition for a company that marketed itself towards the post-college dancers who were looking for a place to dance. Even though I was nervous and knew I would be going in alone, it just felt like the perfect next step to take.
What inspired or encouraged you to join OnStage?
With other dancers who were close in age, had similar careers and interests, and who needed a place to dance, it felt so right to join and to have the opportunity to dance and improve within a variety of styles.
Christine Zimmermann: “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep ... the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open… No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” -Martha Graham #WhatMovesYou #ComeWatchMeDance
Christine, why does this quote inspire you?
There were certain silly moments in more youthful times when I would suppress some creative urges, having compared my own to other peoples' and deemed my own to be lesser. But that was so silly of me!
How have you grown or improved after that realization?
Now, in the wise wise years of "adulthood," whatever the urge, I try to explore it. It is worthy because it exists, and, as Martha says, if I don't try to figure it out, it will never exist outside of me. It will be lost forever. And I think that's amazing. It is my responsibility to dance. And, on June 22, I will dance for you at the Boston Conservatory, and we will both be better for it.
Our Season Seven Performance is on Sunday, June 22 at 2pm & 7pm at The Boston Conservatory Theater.
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