"It needs to unwrinkle a bit," she says.
Dancing ballet on carpet is hardly typical. But for "On Truth and Love," Hart's short work set to music by
"It's metaphoric for the spaces we create within relationships -- the boundaries in relationships that we have to negotiate, move into and out of all the time," she says.
At a recent rehearsal, however, the carpet-as-metaphor wasn't lying flat, the result of having been in storage since Hart -- who is an instructor and curriculum leader for
"I guess I like to make things more complicated," Hart says of the carpet.
Then again, being an independent choreographer is plenty complicated.
Concerts on Friday and Saturday, "Ignite: Three Works," mark not only the first full-evening presentations of Hart's work in
Performa/Dance formalizes an artistic collaboration that extends back for several summers.
Summer is, after all, a time for many ballet professionals to explore independently. Like those in many regional professional companies,
"A little break is nice at some point in the year," says Carr, who joined
A few years ago, Hart staged one of her dances with Califa, a part-time company that other
But restless and wanting more, the friends decided to go big.
"I said, 'Let's just do it,' and so we did," says Hart. "There's not as much of an independent dance scene in
Carr and Hart recruited seven
A native of
Her dancemaking credits include a full-length production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for
Hart moved to
Hart's "Wavemakers," created during a
And for next season,
After all, if a painter can easily gather the brushes, canvases and paints to produce a new picture, a choreographer's essential artistic material is the human body. But those bodies come with lives and schedules of their own as well as the need to make a living. Finding -- and paying -- dancers willing to be your artistic implements continually proves a challenge.
Hart and Carr launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise
The collaborators plan to operate their company on a project basis -- not setting a formal season, but staging performances as they can raise money, find venues and gather together dancers and other choreographers.
Says Hart: "We're really just getting started."
"Ignite: Three Works by
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