Running behind. Performance starts in an hour. Here is the last of the blog interviews. This one comes from Texture's Alan Obuzor.
DB: What piece are you performing at newMoves? Who is involved in the ensemble?
Alan Obuzor: I will be performing a new piece titled "Taken". It will be a solo on myself. In the future, I plan to extend the piece so that this solo will be the 2nd movement, and I will add a 1st and a 3rd movement that will include more dancers. The music is by Philip Glass.
DB: Where does your piece originate from? What themes are you hoping to explore?
AO: The starting point for this piece come from the music, that is mostly true of all of my work. In this piece I am exploring the emotions that one goes through after a tramatic life event.
DB: How does the choreography process start? Is improvisation involved?
AO: A lot of listening to the music, then playing around in the studio with movement, sometimes improvisation sometimes not. Basically creating/finding movement or material that supports my vision for the piece.
DB: What else if going on? Any upcoming performances or projects?
AO: Texture will be performing a new work at "Speaking of..." on June 16th. Then we will be having Texture's 1st Birthday Party on July 7th, there will be new work presented and performed throughout the evening. Then we will be having our main summer show July 19th - 22nd at the New Hazlet Theater.
From more detailed info on any of our upcoming events you can visit our website: www.textureballet.org
DB: Who else are you looking forward to seeing at newMoves?
AO: I am Happy the be performing on the same night as The Murphy/Smith Dance Collective as I personally danced with them last year, but I am excited to see all of the other performances.
Looking forward to it!