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Ali Kenner Brodsky: Process and Progress

By July 5, 2016July 21st, 20162016 Emerging Choreographer

Last week we got the chance to see the beginning of emerging choreographer Ali Kenner Brodsky’s work on her quintet titled PARt. Here she shares in her words the progress she’s made in the past two weeks as well as her creative process:

The first week was filled with feverish creation! I used my previous material as a jumping off point for the creation of the current piece. I took phrases and/or specific movements from the previous material and worked to shape it. A lot of material was “left on the cutting room floor.”


Ali performs for the Young Dancers during an open rehearsal.

How I work:

I made a bunch of phrase material, taught it to the dancers and then manipulated it. I am interested in gesture and how to use it so it feels like it is integrated into the movement rather than placed on top. I am very specific in how the movement is performed and how it is shaped.

My goal for the week with my dancers was to dig and craft. It was important to me that I walk out of the week with the piece structured and the work developed. As the piece developed the story started to emerge. I found it difficult to be in it and direct it so I ended up taking myself out of much of the group work. What unfolded was that I became “other” to the quartet. I am now working on how I relate to the others, what our relationships are, what I am to them and vice versa. This is inherent in the piece already but I am going to work on further defining it and figuring out some transitions. Meghan comes back on Thursday. We will be working on further refining the duet for DanceNOW.

This post was written by Chava Lansky.  Chava is the BDF Social Media Intern for the 2016 summer.