Performance 2: Severin Sargent-Catterton – Let’s Make It a Thing

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Faculty mentor: Natalie Desch

Artist’s Statement: I believe that art is simultaneously a catalyst for, and a reaction to, human connection. I use my own experience with others to inform how I move, and my movements are a culmination of all the information I have gathered. Through performing, I want to explore basic human-ness through a variety of different tools. By exploring extremes of the five senses, I come to a mutual understanding with my co-inhabitants in a space. I use familiarity often in my creative research. Familiarity with an audience, with space, or with myself.
     Let’s Make It a Thing was a collaborative research process. I wanted to see how I could take movement material that was recognizable “Severin” and see how it translated onto other bodies. By identifying the implicit movement biases each movement contributor had, I was able to create a hybrid style that was aesthetically compatible for all. My research was not only about working collaboratively, but quickly. I wanted to experiment with how fast artistic decisions can be made while still keeping with the tone and style of the dance. Let’s Make It a Thing was created in less than 7 hours of studio-time. All people involved were dedicated to making the piece succeed without judgment. My deepest gratitude to Jolie, Glenne, and Amy for their work and creative genius. Your diligence made the dance what it is. Thank you to Christopher Alloways-Ramsey and Natalie Desch for their guidance.

 

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