CSUN Community: Episode 5 – Colaboratoria

DR. PAULA THOMSON: Choreographers love to choreograph and they need to choreograph; dancers love to dance and they need to dance. Colaboratoria is our…um…annual fall dance concert. The name came…um…about twelve years
ago, maybe eleven years ago. Uh…it’s a combination of collaboration and laboratoria because we do psychophysiology research and also it’s
a laboratory of new creative works, so we thought that we would merge the two
terms so it’s Colaboratoria. My name is…um…Dr. Paula Thomson. I have a doctorate in clinical psychology. I have a professional dance background…um…that spanned many, many decades, and I’m also the artistic director of this show and choreographer. ROSIE ALVARADO: The way I deal with…uh…last-minute changes definitely depends on the piece. Um…there’s some pieces that I’m in that I’m very relaxed and I have no problem with dealing with last-minute things, mainly
because I have trust in my dancers and choreographers and everything else; but
there’s also some pieces where it’s a little bit too last-minute and it
becomes a little bit stressful so my way of dealing with it is just…I have to
kind of like calm myself down, do it chronologically, and then yeah just
organized it. LIEZEL MARIE: Our piece is about literally the exchange of energy. Uh, it’s pretty much us interacting with the audience, exchanging that energy to the
audience to get the audience feeling what we’re feeling, how we’re listening
to the music, and then also connecting with the other dances as well. So, I…that’s pretty much what we wanted to discuss because whenever I teach dance,
it’s always hard for them to feel what exactly the music is telling them to do. They’re always just…they want moves, they want moves, they want to look cool, but in reality you look amazing regardless of how the music tells you what to do and
how it makes you feel…um…so that’s pretty much what the piece is all about is the
exchange of feeling, it’s the exchange of that positive energy on what the music
tells you to do and how to move, you know. DR. PAULA THOMSON: Um…the first piece that I choreographed that’s new…um…”Echo and Narcissus,” I actually started in July with the duet and we
worked for about a month and then I started inviting other dancers to come in. ROSIE ALVARADO: Um…we have different styles of dances, different people from different parts of
their lives like coming together, and it’s just really interesting to see how
the faculty and the alumni choreograph these pieces and then having the
students being involved or whoever they want involved…um…and then seeing the lighting and seeing all the effects, it’s just really, really, really cool to see, so… DR. PAULA THOMSON: Without that full experience, your education as a dancer is not complete. [music: ok human – glow]

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