In the midst of dancing Myles Thatcher’s world premiere Manifesto (onstage in Program 3) and Liam Scarlett’s Hummingbird making its return this season in Program 4, Soloist Dores André took a moment to reflect on her creative process and discuss why working with young choreographers inspires her.
Why are new works important?
New choreography ensures that the art of dance stays alive. Working with new choreographers gives dancers the chance for versatility and opportunity to grow as both artists and people. As a dancer we have input and can discover new areas of creativity within ourselves. It is as though we are a part of history in the making.
When originating a role, as I did in Myles Thatcher’s Manifesto, there is a very unique and fulfilling creative process that you go through. You aren’t copying what someone else has done or danced, you get to be an individual.
It’s incredibly important to work with new choreographers to keep work relevant and current. It’s so important that audiences can relate to what’s onstage.
What makes Liam Scarlett’s Hummingbird one of your favorite new works?
As a piece of art, Hummingbird is flawless. The music, choreography, and production design together make for a perfectly cohesive work. It’s very special because Liam created a dynamic environment for everyone involved. All the dancers perform every rehearsal full out with total respect, even when there’s nobody watching. That’s how much the dancers love this work.