My Previous Performance Philosophy:
I choreographed all my pieces according to this philosophy, including full-length professional shows and choreography for my students. I’ve taught my students to follow this philosophy when creating their work too.
When you present a body of work, when you perform a piece, when you take the stage, four people should walk away from your performance happy:
- The Blind Man should enjoy what they hear. That includes the music itself, and the quality of the sound balance.
- The Deaf Man should enjoy what they see. Is the dancing itself visually appealing, is the lighting complementary to the piece, are the costumes attractive?
- The Tap Dancer should enjoy the performance because the dancing stands true to the vocabulary of the dance, including technique, history and culture.
- The NON Tap Dancer should enjoy the performance, which can be a challenge because not everyone GETS tap dance.
I followed these rules for so many years. The repertoire I put out was visually appealing for the deaf man, it sounded good to the blind man, it was legitimized by the tap dance community and enjoyed by non-tap dancers, but it never felt completely whole to me.
Picasso said, learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.
And I feel like that’s what I did… because now, I don’t think about these concepts. They don’t cross my mind anymore. I’m glad that I played by these rules for so long though, because it taught me so much, but now, I’ve thrown them out the window.
Current Performance Philosophy:
What I care about most is telling the story and celebrating music and dance as universal languages of the world. The mission of Hillary-Marie’s Sole Music Collective, is to increase the pubic awareness and appreciation of tap dance as a musical instrument through live performances and music videos. My mission when I perform is to increase public awareness and appreciation of tap dance as a musical instrument.
And it brings me SO much joy to do it.
If I do a performance or create a body of work that contributes to this mission, it feels whole to me.
So now I wonder… When you create work? What is your goal? What is your mission? Do you have a checklist of things to be covered or included? Results that you expect, maybe like a standing ovation?