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Creating Your Own Voice

a presentation for the Connecticut Dance Alliance's MLK Day of Dance
by

Deborah Goffe

on 25 February 2013

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Transcript of Creating Your Own Voice

Essential Questions I am a choreographic experiment: observations ... voice a. Expression; utterance
b. A medium or agency of expression
c. The right or opportunity to express a choice or opinion
d. The distinctive style or manner of expression ... growing your own voice... the individual
and the collective voice What did you notice about each incarnation of the work we created together?
How did each individual's unique characteristics factor into how you perceived each version? There is a vitality,
a life force,
a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique.

And If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.
The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine
how good it is
nor how valuable it is
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 open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.

Keep the channel open...
No artist is pleased...

There is no satisfaction whatever at anytime
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others.

Martha Graham to Agnes De Mille letting dance speak ... How does dance speak? claiming your own voice Does dance speak? speaking of voices ... Who are you and what is your voice? I am (two characteristics that make you distinct)
(two opposing words that both describe you)
I am of (the places your ancestors originated)
I am of (two foods you typically eat as part of your family or culture)
I am (something others would have a hard time believing about you)
from (your parents’ first names)
from the branch of (your parents’ last names)
I am. Bill T. Jones: a case study What is an artistic voice? letter from a friend What can we learn about Bill T. Jones' artistic voice?
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