I am writing this while we are in the studio during Chanti’s process. It is the start of the second week of Chanti’s process and after she had the time to reflect over the weekend of all that she has accomplished, I told her that it is time to narrow it all to what is considered as essential. The theme of her research is about working with the senses, and that she means physically and the surrounding environment (nature). She is very influenced by man’s place in nature and how it affects our way of being. We had a very good talk about really concentrating on ‘creating’ and actual construction of movement and vocabulary rather than relying on only improvisation. This is a challenge for Chanti, even though it takes more time and it forces her to make physical and artistic choices, it is a great exercise for her. I can see she wants to give it up at times but I’m encouraging her to break the resistance. She is working on motifs that have a life and world to its’ own. Not wanting to create a ‘piece’, she wants tableaus. The challenge for her is to bring these motifs as far and as far it can go, don’t just touch the surface of the idea. The idea should bring us on a journey, it should somehow reach a transcendence for the viewer, the dancers, and perhaps the creator in some form. I’m sitting here observing her working on two of the dancers, Lori and Alanna. Chanti is working on a ‘dance’ duo that is based on the idea of cause and effect. I’ve asked her to her to craft and create each movement on them and to limit the choices of improvisation. This will be a good exercise for her as it forces her to work and clarify what it is that she wants to say. Solo for James…. What is this creature in fur? Is it an animal or is it human? Evolution or creation? Now that is another conversation…. Chanti is looking at the form and systems that she is developing for herself with this solo; states, images, being, energy, release, tension. All of these elements Chanti is working on will inform the physicality and environment of this particular solo. The peacock solo on Marie Claire is stunning and the most successful. This proposal is the most clear idea and Chanti has found a little gem in this dance. Video images will be posted along with this post.