Monday, February 18, 2008

My First Collaboration

In the past week, I quickly composed my first dance music “Red Clouds” inspired by my observation of my partners’ various body languages. It was a beautiful experience. Through the process, I realize the difference of composing music for dancers and instrumentalists. The body language is unpredictable and full of liberty. In modern dance, it is not necessary to unite the body movements and rhythm exactly. Most of the time, the dancers focus on delivering the concept rather than follow the meter. Thus, I think a good composition can represent another voice depicting the choreographer’s creating motive and inner thoughts. From the dancers’ presentation, I can strongly sense that “hearing” and “seeing” convince the “belief”. My challenge of writing “Red Clouds” is to understand what the choreographers want to express and to interpret the form and emotion with their body motions. At this point. I try to employ multiple articulations to emphasize the contrasts inside the dance performance. Through the dramatic impact, I realize that music functions to enrich the meaning of dance.


At February 18, 2008 at 2:32 PM , Blogger John Toenjes said...

I am interested in what you said: "I can strongly sense that “hearing” and “seeing” convince the “belief.” I wonder if you could make another blog posting explaining this idea further. I'd also like to know more about how you met the challenge of interpreting what the choreographers want to express and interpreting this into form and emotion.


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