Interview with Artistic Director Debra Landau
collaboration so important in the company?
For us cooperative development of an idea is
part of the process from start to finish. By combining the many
talents of the people in our company, we have the opportunity
to create unique, multi-dimensional works that attend to all
the senses. This process also challenges our egos, and we believe
that to be a good thing. I believe living well with each other
should be an integral part of our daily lives and should be
reflected in our work.
of source material do you use?
our work can be hard to categorize, because of our use of aerial
apparatus and interactive sets and because we draw on many styles.
In addition to Modern dance AirDance productions have combined
works patterned after Asian theater, such as the medieval Noh
and the post-WWII Butoh, with modern American and European techniques
of Contact Improvisation and the Grotowski Method. We have featured
Flamenco and drawn on folk dances from peoples all over the
world. We have often been inspired by the works of visual and
literary artists and by the movements of nature and animals.
Im not sure anything is off limits as source material
you describe what it is like to fly?
harder than it looks. Flying forces one to strengthen inner
and outer connections. At the same time, being freed from the
ground and interacting with gravity in a fuller way can be euphoric:
flying as reality instead of fantasy! It can change how one
looks at the world and oneself. Flying challenges ones
control issues, as it is always somewhat unpredictable. Any
aerial apparatus is an improvisation partner for me. When I
touch down I have a deeper appreciation for the stability that
friction with the earth provides.
we may joke about our Land of Enchantment, the truth
is that New Mexico is a magical and sometimes difficult place
and all of us feel a strong connection with this unique land.
For me the high desert inspires flight.
in the future for AirDance?
completion of Phase I of the renovation of the AirDance ArtSpace,
we will present original and evocative productions "at
home" and around the world through both touring live performances
and distribution of videotapes of works produced for the small
screen. We are developing classes and workshops providing instruction
in our various interests, both as distinct forms and in combination,
including a program in which people with physical disabilities
will dance with aerial apparatus.
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