Notes on the creative process for Darion Smith's Screendance Project...
The screendance project includes valuable steps that reveal aspects of my aesthetic choices and lead to future creations, making it important to look at from a creative process point of view.
For this screendance project I have repurposed material elements from two of my choreography works for the stage: 1 up 2 down (2016) and Cavity (2017). I gain more perspective out of an idea by using it more than once and in different ways. Also, because these were originally solo and duet works, it is possible to play with them in a variety of ways.
The process involved filming short improvised dance sequences in costume with theatrical lighting. To begin, I wanted to test some simple lighting ideas and to work more within the context of a previously created character idea. I created approximately 250 video clips in two days, over two weekends, sorting through each clip in the editing phase of the project.
Throughout the screendance project, I learned that by repurposing material elements of previous work into short video clips and rearranging them into a sequence, I was able to find stories, movements, and lessons for future creative works.
This process was not an entirely new way of creating something for me but this one is the most nuanced version of this type. Usually, my creative process starts out with an image, a piece of music, or a sociological/philosophical question. From there, I start to build a story with those elements.
This time, I didn't form a story in mind, before or when filming the scenes. Instead, I filmed myself doing things that felt inspiring to do in the moment within the context of the repurposed material and the immediate environment. I formed my story and its meaning by fitting the different clips into a coherent video sequence. As a narrative started to form, I became more decisive in arranging the clips into that sequence.
Despite the fact that I repurposed material to generate the short videos, a departure from my default creative process, I was able to develop a new perspective on how I might alter my creative process for future choreographic projects.