As of today, there is one month of classes left in the first semester of my second year in college! As much as I’d like to say it’s gone by in the blink of an eye, it would be more appropriate to describe it as having been a long and arduous experience that happened in some alternate universe where the passing of time was marked only by eye twitches, complaining, and cups of coffee. It has been filled with 13 hour days, many early mornings and late nights, on top of an incredible amount of dancing and learning. A full semester recap will be coming at you in next month’s edition but here’s a short catch up.
This week is a show week!!! Dance Downtown is once again upon us. (General and ticket information can be found by following the link above.) I will be performing in Ann Sofie Clemmensen’s work entitled Fjorten. I am extremely proud of both the process and the product that have been born through this work. Navigating my roles as both dancer and assistant to the choreographer has been a delightful challenge and you can read all about it right here!
In taking no GE’s or Gender/Sexuality classes this semester (Dance major requirements only) my itch to research and write has gone unscratched for the most part. That’s all about to change! I am in the process of collecting articles and sources for the final paper in my History, Theory, and Literature of Dance class. I am looking at the homosexual implications of the single-sex community of the Wilis in the ballet Giselle. I am interested in the age-old trope of women wronged by men becoming angry, man-killing lesbians. I’ll be looking at the original libretto by Theophile Gautier, which was based on a poem by Heinrich Heine, which was based on ancient slavic folklore. So essentially, there’s a long train of literary telephone I’ve got to go back and sort through, as well as the depiction of woman-identified women in 1840’s Europe. Although my thesis changed slightly, you can read that paper in it’s entirety here.
Lastly, I am proud to say that my BFA class as a whole has experienced exponential growth through the trudge of this semester and I want to thank them all for simultaneously providing daily inspiration, groaning in mutual self-pity, and celebrating the small victories all along the way. We are strong, motivated, and our uniqueness unites us.