May 10, 2017
PROCESSING THE SHOWING AND PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
Still sore, tired, but on a high, the Second Story team excitedly discusses our works-in-progress showing that took place on May 6th. It felt wonderful to perform for family, friends, and colleagues who were eager to see our work and participate in our process. Today we share with one another our experiences of the showing as well as audience members’ insightful and enthusiastic feedback.
We pour over the striking photos of the showing taken by Lorena’s dear friend Michelle. She has beautifully captured bodies in motion, some at the beginning of a phrase, others in the middle of a movement -- and all hinting at movement to come. What a great representation of the technique and artistry of our work!
At the showing, Lorena set up a stationary iPhone camera that recorded all 4 performances along with Jonathan and Sherri’s introduction of each work. Jonathan’s sister-in-law took other video footage of some of the pieces. Jonathan hopes to make a highlight reel of the show from these videos. Meanwhile, Lorena is unable to download her video in the studio, so we must wait to receive it by email and watch it on our own.
As we reflect upon how far we have come, our thoughts turn to future plans. The dancers are excited by possible future showings at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, including different studios, museums, sculpture gardens, and arts facilities. Team members will also speak with colleagues at a number of arts councils in Westchester towns about potential collaborations.
Jonathan suggests that it is time to hire a photographer/videographer to take professional headshots and staged movement footage. We will reach out to our colleagues in this business and determine whose work is best suited to our needs and budget.
We also contemplate ways to generate media coverage of Second Story’s backstory, unique rehearsal environment, and developing works.
Since Steffi Nossen runs summer dance camps, studio space will be limited in July and August. After finalizing our vacation schedules, we will determine which summer rehearsals can take place at Steffi Nossen and which dates we will need to make alternate arrangements.
Jonathan leaves early with Eliza to take Edgar and his friends to cooking class. Sherri concludes the session by setting dates with Lorena and Mandy to interview them about how they are experiencing Second Story’s ongoing development.
Sherri Muroff Kalt, founder of Process Portraits, LLC and author of Portrait of an Artistic Journey: The Creative Process in Real Life Context, is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in psychology. She began her career in marketing and sales in New York City with L’Oréal, Monet Jewelers, and Givenchy. READ MORE