As a theatre artist, I seek to combine my love of words, music, and movement to tell a story where each discipline can take the reins of storytelling, and where they can come together in a new way to cross thresholds of understanding.
First, the spoken word for words truly distinguish us from other animals, take such an important role in story telling, tradition giving, and learning that I believe in their power to hurt, heal, teach, and reveal.
Music too has great power and a deep history with human beings, perhaps sociological anthropology might lend better theories upon my own beliefs but I think music and rhythms, melodies, and beats have been with us longer than even words have. The healing qualities of music have been proven, and the emotional journeys one can embark upon with one little song is truly telling of our own complex rhythms within our minds, bodies, and hearts.
Finally, movement, or dance, which is the newest form of communicative and performing art with which I have fallen in love, can truly break down language barriers and make a persons story shine through. When emotion takes hold of us we contort our bodies in ways we couldn’t imagine, anatomically speaking, there are connections between breath and emotional release. Connect movement with breath and you have a powerful combination.
I believe in the power of each. And together, within a live performance, stories are shared an experienced by our senses as they take hold of something distinct by each medium. Something new and unexpected. And sometimes something unforgettable.