Feedback Correspondence on “Precious Body” Choreography with Holly C.

Feedback Correspondence on “Precious Body” Choreography with Holly C.

1471243_749906011690381_787081417_nHolly C. writes 11/18/2013

Hey Pampi!

I just wanted to send you a note and say that I really loved the performance on Saturday. I know there was talk about the audience interpretation… I can say that immediately, I was impressed with the colors and textures presented with the outfits. You could clearly see the cultural influences of the temple style dance with primal feeling throughout. I think with there being lots of floor work, it was maybe not as easy to interpret as some of your previous works. When experiencing your beautiful dance routines at the Temple [of Infinite Love, (Pampi’s studio)], I could really feel the emotion and the flow with the music. On Saturday, certain movements most certainly went with the music, and I particularly loved loved your solo piece in the middle to end. I would like to know the inspiration behind all of it. I could see the intensity and exploration of various cultures. The eye contact really intensified this during certain moments. An exploration of someone different other than the self? The weight of a dancer falling into the hands of the others and the pushing away of others… what did this represent?

You truly are a brilliant artist, Pampi and I can’t wait to see more! :)
Much love,
Holly C.

Pampi responds 11/20/13

My dear Holly,

Thank you for your thoughts!!

  •     I just wanted to send you a note and say that I really loved the performance on Saturday.

Eeeee! I’m so glad 😉

  •     I know there was talk about the audience interpretation… I can say that immediately, I was impressed with the colors and textures presented with the outfits. You could clearly see the cultural influences of the temple style dance with primal feeling throughout.

We were trying to not exotify – I hope we achieved that balance by presenting a unique cut and look that harks back to 80s glam rock haha 😉

  •     I think with there being lots of floor work, it was maybe not as easy to interpret as some of your previous works. When experiencing your beautiful dance routines at the Temple, I could really feel the emotion and the flow with the music.

I’m glad you mentioned this. I think because we had such little time together, I myself was not sure with my steps enough to move as confidently as I usually do – you affirmed that I too struggled with connecting with the audience throughout. And my dancers too prolly struggled. This is the one thing I think I struggled to translate from dancing solo to choreographing for a team. But with time I’m confident we will engage better 😉

  •     On Saturday, certain movements most certainly went with the music, and I particularly loved loved your solo piece in the middle to end.

Can you speak more to what moved you about the solo piece?

  •     I would like to know the inspiration behind all of it. I could see the intensity and exploration of various cultures. The eye contact really intensified this during certain moments.

Which cultures did you read? Just curious.

  •     An exploration of someone different other than the self?
  • It’s amazing hearing your interpretation. I guess in a way exploring the foreign or alien, in this case, a warrior body is like exploring someone different than self – a part of self you never knew existed. Wow!
  •     The weight of a dancer falling into the hands of the others and the pushing away of others… what did this represent?

I learned a lot about fighting developing this piece. I can elaborate more in a blog post I’m prepping. But the gist of it wrt your question is that the truly learned warrior knows how to accept/receive a strike or blow or fall transfer it to his or her steadiest center of gravity and only then deflect it.

To my teacher [Pradhuman Nayak], the receiving is perceived as saving the opponent and the pushing as giving to the opponent. Mind. Blowing.

What I write just now is my conscious attempting to make sense of what I must have subconsciously been putting together in choreography – prompted into analysis by your question but still very much on my mind. Clearly for the pushes and falls to be so prevalent through the piece

  • You truly are a brilliant artist, Pampi and I can’t wait to see more! :)

Blushes!!! Xxxx Pampi

Holly C.writes December 2, 2013

Hey Pampi,

Sorry to take so long to reply. I waned to take a little time to think about it. So, I am blown away by your response to the accepting/receiving a strike or blow and then deflecting it. Your solo performance where you were holding on during what appeared to be a battle showed great strength and determination. Also, your chemistry with your partner seemed amazing. After meeting him [Akili Jamal Haynes] briefly after the show, I could sense a deep, inner strength within him as well. Perhaps you both share this and that also speaks to something within myself?!

As for my comment on exploration of different cultures, I think it is rather an exploration of something/someone different from the self.

I hope you had an enjoyable TDay!

xox

Pampi responds 12/6/13

Holly!

what great words!! thanks you!!! the exploration of the other… chemistry bringing something out in you – arrre!!!

eeeee~

xxx

Pampi

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