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CHOREOGRAPHY

My dances explore moving so fast that all your eyes catch is color and a distorted outline of shape. This motion blur might feel gentle, but rough around the edges. In certain moments, movement might feel stuck as a photograph that someone has walked through. The color may drag and light may become skewed.

I discuss old stories and explore why we remember what we remember because of memory’s personal, sentimental, and dramatic nature. Do we remember because of color, texture, or feeling in our stomach? Which of these elements are universal and which are specific to looking at the remnants of a memory? The options are endless. The goal is not to remember as much as possible, but to trace what makes a memory meaningful.

We have all sat with friends and family to reminisce on ephemeral moments, turning and expanding the story around to a point where it becomes surreal and magical. We laugh at hallmark moments and spill our old diary pages onto the dinner table. These moments connect us and help us develop compassion. We create more patience and playfulness when we share our stories. In this practice, we get past the sugar of nostalgia and connect communities on a deeper human level through feelings of absence, longing, and disorientation.

Welcome Home!

Presented at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, as part of the Dance at Illinois Midsemester Showings on March 13, 2020. 

Choreography: Michelle Burns

 

Performance: Faith Brown, Jacob Henss, & Isabella Rosanova 

 

Costume Coordination: Michelle Burns in collaboration with performers

 

Photo: Lindsey Jennings

an echo of a rerun

Presented at ACDA held at Western Michigan University, as part of the Informal Concert on March 3, 2020. 

Choreography: Michelle Burns

 

Performance: Michelle Burns 

 

Costume Coordination: Michelle Burns 

 

Photo: Nina Crouchelli

an echo of a rerun

Presented at MARSH in St. Louis, Missouri, as part of drafts and byproducts on December 14, 2019. 

Choreography: Michelle Burns

 

Performance: Michelle Burns 

 

Lighting Design: Jacob Henss and Elliot Emadian

 

Costume Coordination: Michelle Burns 

 

Photo: Elliot Emadian

an echo of a rerun

Presented at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois, as part of Compulsive Motion on December 6 and 7, 2019. 

Choreography: Michelle Burns

 

Performance: Michelle Burns 

 

Lighting Design: Cameron Koniarski

 

Costume Coordination: Michelle Burns 

 

Photo: Natalie Fiol

learn to stay with uneasiness

Presented at Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, Illinois, as part of Perpetual Motion on July 27, 2019. 

Choreography: Michelle Burns & Emma Knowlton

 

Performance: Michelle Burns & Emma Knowlton

 

Costume Coordination: Michelle Burns & Emma Knowlton

 

Photo: Darla Andree

Video available upon request!

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