Sam and Brittany, two of the wonderful dancers who are willing to join me on this crazy journey, are arriving tomorrow from Brooklyn and San Francisco, respectively. I cannot wait to begin running around this vast desert with them, experimenting with some of the scores I've been dreaming up over the past six days in near isolation.
I'll keep my observations brief today. I've been looking the way light can so dramatically alter our sense of depth and flatness. There are certain times of day when the rocks look like they are pasted onto flattened canvases, and other times when their depth could not be more pronounced. Yes, of course, this is determined in large part by the lens I'm using and the position of the sun in relation to the rock - but this agency of the viewer, photographer, or choreographer/dancer in this case, is such a crucial part of how we're composing the space! I'm thinking of the many ways this can be applied to dance. In our rehearsals we will establish a practice of becoming both passive parts of the landscape and active elements of a more interactive environment.
Similarly, this graphic silhouette seems very two-dimensional. It is much more striking, however, due to the extreme contrast in color and brightness.
This image reveals a greater sense of depth. The rock feels much more animated and confronts the viewer with its texture, color and shape.