Last weekend was Hubbard Street’s annual performance of Inside/Out.
It’s a show created solely from within the Company; dancers and directors choreographing, and it’s a process I was proud to be a part of.
I am sometimes known to change things. To make them more “me,” to ask if we could “do it this way” or perhaps “watch it once and tell me what you think.” With any choreographer that comes in to work with HS2, I of course try my hardest to do what they ask (always loving when it’s not just simple mimicking of steps). But in the case of the last month, in the case of Inside/Out, I feel much more connected to the works being created. Much of the time a friend will laugh at me and say “no, no, this way is fine,” but the other 40% they will truly look at what I am doing and saying and take it into consideration. This is what I love most about this process. Not that I get to change things that I don’t like, but that people consider each other. That it becomes personal to the nth degree. Hubbard Street continually shows its members how much they matter and how valuable their voice is.
This is what I treasure most about dance in general. For me it’s never been about how high someone’s leg can go or how many turns they can do (probably because I’m not super flexible and certainly not a turner), but much more about how they can alter my state of being and what kind of experience they are having right in front me, right in front the entire audience; if they themselves are being changed. That is what I look for when going to a performance and that is what I found over and over again when watching the program last weekend. Choreographers and dancers allowing everything they have to pour into their work, some of which were created in less than two weeks. It’s this commitment that makes going to work every day such a gift.