Pas de deux

CAROLINE SPIKNER <em>I am a rising junior studying film and dance. I like to read books and eat blueberries and make art. If I can do those three things for the rest of my life, I will be so happy. This project is step one in a lifetime of crazy ideas that have the possibility to fall somewhere between amazingly terrible and amazingly beautiful. I'm going for the latter. </em> Caroline was funded by the Summer Undergraduate Research Grant program in Northwestern's <a href="" target="_blank">Office of Undergraduate Research</a>.  It provides a living expense stipend for students to explore independent research and/or creative projects.

I’ve learned some things

Well, there are very few things that I predicted for this project. But one thing I was right about is my retroactive blogging. I’m a little past half way through this project and on my third bolg post. Whoops. I guess I just got too focused on production. Anyho, I just filmed the fouth video for this set and I thought I’d share a few things I learned.

1. My DSI stabalizer is great unless its raining and windy, in which case a rain-check probably should be in order. I filmed a duet today with two girls who were true troopers (dancing in the top of a parking garage in the rain while I struggled with my camera, stabilizer and an umbrella). Definitely the fastest shoot so far and also the least amount of coverage.
2. Even within people who categorize them self as a specific type of dancer, there is such a wide range and even if they pick up choreograohy quickly, some have an easier time connecting with a partner they don’t know than others.
3. The dances look SO DIFFERENT on each person, even when the music and choreography is identical.
4. Pirrouettes on concrete are very very difficult.
5. There are so many gardens and roofs that need to be danced on. Also, I really want to film inside some cute stores I’ve discovered in Evanston (rug gallerys, book stores, empty window shop spaces for sale…) maybe that will have to be my next dancing-camera-adventure.

There are plenty of other things I’ve learned, but that’s all I can think of in this moment.

Coffee Lab is closed on Sundays

The first weeks have been a crazy roller coaster of stress and a weird sense of freedom. I spent my first week choreographing the ballet duet only to realize how hard it is to choreograph partnering in a notebook. I’ve been going back and forth between the studio, coffee shops, and various benches. I’ve gotten lot’s of strange looks as people walk by me with their family as I test pirouettes and arabesques on benches all over campus… During the school year I pass people sword fighting on the lawn all theFullSizeRender time, I can’t really see how this is any different. I spent a long time searching for music, but eventually decided to use the same song for both the ballet and hip hop version of the piece. I decided to use Better by Kyle Dion because it lends itself to both (plus he deserves a whole lot more listeners on Spotify…go check it out!). I learned so many things in that first week:
(1) Evanston has a whole lot of wobbly, broken, splintering and uneven benches.
(2) Almond milk has no protein.
(3) Lettuce is not a real food.
(4) Stick to one notebook for the summer!
(5) Hydration is key. My blogging will always be retroactive.

“I’ve still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission.” (HAL, 2001 Space Odyssey)


Starting my summer…

This summer I’ll be creating a series of concept videos in order to explore the perceptions of intimacy and hot those perceptions change based on the casts and genres of dance. I am so beyond excited to get started choreographing next week!