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Writing and Moving
Students stretch after Claire Porter's workshop on Writing and Moving.

Students stretch after Claire Porter’s workshop on Writing and Moving.

To write about someone writing about dance is a little intimidating. Especially when that someone has the breadth of experience of Claire Porter.

Porter takes the term ‘mover and shaker’ and turns it on it’s head. Her bio is thick with the two letter state abbreviations where she has performed and taught. She’s no stranger to Columbus, either, having received her MA in Dance from Ohio State.

Workshop participants first created a body of text, (both individually, then as a group) whereupon movement and gesture were added to accompany those words or syllables.

Participants in Claire Porter's workshop on Writing and Moving assign gestures to words and syllables.

Participants in Claire Porter’s workshop on Writing and Moving assign gestures to words and syllables.

In this audio clip, workshop attendees remix the agreed upon text.


Leigh Lotocki plays with a gesture

Leigh Lotocki plays with a gesture

Workshop participants manipulate their dance partners

Workshop participants manipulate their dance partners

Writing and Moving

Making decisions on the direction

It’s obvious the writing influences the dance in a very direct way, but from my brief exposure to the concept I’m unsure as to whether the same holds true in reverse. If I can’t tell after tomorrow night’s performance, perhaps you’ll see another sound byte straight from the source.

As this blog develops, I’ll be interested in seeing how ‘writing and photography’ change my approach to image making. To date, the pictures have always come first. I’ve really only tried my hand at the editorial style once before. There’s still so much to learn.


The Eyes Have It
July 9, 2014, 1:41 AM
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The Eyes Have It Coco Loupe at Taking Place Columbus

The Eyes Have It

Round 2 at Taking Place Columbus.

Taking Place is a kind of homecoming for guest artist CoCo Loupe. While she currently resides in Baton Rouge, La, CoCo’s legacy from her time in Columbus can still be seen and experienced at Feverhead in Grandview.

During the rehearsal on Fishnetting/Repetition and Composition CoCo often brought up the eyes as additional actors within one’s movement, a sentiment that was also repeated throughout Peter Kyle’s instruction on Slow Tempo.

Coco Loupe provides instruction at Taking Place Columbus

The direction of gaze implies intention

I took a moment to ask CoCo about the parallels between the two classes, and what the eyes mean to her within the context of dance.

CoCo and I have worked on many projects together. My favorite was when I asked if she would be the Sun.
It’s good to see you again.

Surveying movement at Taking Place Columbus

Surveying movement


In the seven years I have been photographing dance I’ve been exposed to a lot of lingo. Given the opportunity to stretch, I might not even hurt myself if I tried to arabesque. However, fishnetting is a term that I have never come across before. Now, I’m a big fan of fishnets, but I’m pretty sure that’s not what this class is about. Let’s just get the description straight from the source…

CoCo demonstrates movement

CoCo demonstrates movement

fishnetting with coco loupe

Fishnetting, Repetition and Composition

Personally, I would love a raw material generator.

Scott at Taking Place

Scott Kaltenbaugh creates his own movement, pulling creative bits from CoCo’s demonstration.

Slow Tempo
slow tempo warm up

Warming up to move slow

The Short North Stage is hosting a dance residency for the first two weeks of July, and the community is encouraged to stop by and participate/spectate/documentate. (I know it’s not a word, but…)

In my first drop-in experience at Taking PLace Columbus I was introduced to Peter Kyle. Peter teaches Slow Tempo, a discipline developed by Japanese theater director Shogo Ohta, best known for his silent plays. The July 13th presentation, the last for the Taking PLace residency, will mark 7 years since Ohta’s passing. Come out to the 11th and 12th performances to see what develops from this methodology.

I recorded the three hour session at 1fps, with video playback at 24fps. Noah Demland was on hand to provide percussive ambience, though for the most part the actions were taken in relative silence. Awareness of the AC units, passing sirens, and a brief but unexpected rainfall spattering on the roof all seemed amplified in the cavernous theatre.

The resulting video was shot as a time lapse. No audio has been added so that it does not compete with the movement.


While the camera was working, I was able to witness some wonderful emotions fight their way out of some of the dancers. As was being taught in the class, sometimes you just have to put the camera down and be in the moment.

taking place rehearsal in Slow Tempo

“Calm the eyes, it reveals a speedy inner dialog” Peter Kyle has students walk three sides of a square at a snail’s pace.



Taking time to be thoughtful about your movements, actions, and the stories they tell falls right in line with a current personal project of mine, One Sentence.

Taking Place
July 2, 2014, 12:55 PM
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garden theatreYesterday, July 1 2014, marked the start of Taking Place Columbus, a two week dance residency that is being run out of the Short North Stage at the Garden Theatre. Instructors have come from all over (New York, Baton Rouge) to create an open environment of shared process that will benefit the dance community worldwide.

After photographing the Locality 2012 circuit, I’m certain this latest incarnation of collective dance will be filled with intriguing movements that just should not be missed. Follow the link in the first paragraph to check out the Schedule of Events and see if you can make a workshop.

It’s pretty much all day,

every day from

July 1 – July 13th

Classes ¢ost, but spectators are free (and encouraged). Be a part of the guerrilla documentation, and have your photo/video/sound added to a massive Creative Commons Library run by The Meta-Academy #takingplacecolumbus

Share your perspective!

See you there.