This has some fascinating insight into long-distance dance making with Netta Yerushalmy Dance --
I have been working like this for quite some time in my own dance making and I have to say, it's not for everyone. Some collaborators need the face-to-face time to really "see" and feel the choices in a dance work. That has no value judgment attached to it, meaning, one is not a better dancer simply because you don't thrive utilizing video media.
Often times, working long-distance is a necessity for me. I have a family with two children and I am living in Oklahoma where dance isn't exactly saturated (it is burgeoning, but no saturation, which is good in many ways). It has afforded me some really great collaborations with other artists such as Valerie Nicolson, Melody Ruffin-Ward, Katy Eurich, and, my long-time friend/colleague, Brooke Schlecte.
I find this a challenging way to work but I also find it rewarding. As a creator, it keeps me inspired to keep in touch with these artists and to work with them, which yields yet another dimension to our relationship. We have work to talk about, families to inquire about, and problems to solve together: an ongoing relationship.
A special thanks to all the artists I’ve worked with, currently and in years past, locally, long-distance, and in another time.
photo by Nathan Harmon; dancers: Jessica Vokoun & Rachel Bruce Johnson.
PC: Jeanne S. Mam-Luft
It is a simple philosophy here at THE BELL HOUSE; make connections by bringing people together through dance. Art that seeks to defy a fractured view of the world by creating culture that cares for the soul and is concerned with human thriving. For me, it isn’t enough to just make dance for dance’s sake; it is my belief that it is the connective power of people that makes art worth engaging. We do that by taking our interests and talents and challenging the ways we connect them to something tangible in the human experience. It is through these connections and tangibilities that we see the true power of art and dance manifest back to relationships with and through people. In my view, what matters is people; the time and space of making work refract and overlap revealing and creating new possibilities for human connection.