Dance Writing


March 04, 2015

Artist Statement

by Julia Sloane’15

Sensation—the way movement feels in my body, on my skin, to my mind— drives the artistic choices I make, whether I am choreographing, performing, or improvising. I work from images of movements, repeating and amplifying while I explore physicality. I am interested in this process and in process in general—in making and in moving. I am drawn to slow, careful, and thoughtful movements, but simultaneously I love to move unencumbered by limitations. I want to be everywhere at once, yet still where I am now.

I am provoked by the mind, and how the mind is translated through the body. I make work that is about “self.” I make work that is about “human.” Questions about intimacy, sexuality, sensually, femininity, and authenticity are always present for me, seeping into my conversations, thoughts, and collaborations, fueling the work I make and the work I do.

Above all, I love the body—watching it move, process, transform and transcend. The aesthetic of a bare human form continually compels me, whether it is in stillness or movement. The body, on its own, is enough for me. It is both my inspiration and my tool.

Questions, thoughts and inspirations that fuel my artistic process:

cycles
circles
control
submission
silence
time
memory
pelvis
soft
methodical
analytical
agitated Stuck. Stuck to space. Stuck to self. Stuck to others. Stuck in goo.
Holes
creating space in the body, squashing space in the body
“cultivation of authenticity” Authentic Movement Practice
fake comfort
worth
“I am here”
identity
perfection
passion
desire
spiral
twist
shift
“stay with”
spine
head
orgasmic
shivers through my bones
personal
offering
internal

How does one make art that advocates/supports/makes change (social, environmental, political)?