Making Dances

a powerful dancer with strong ideas
— The New York Times
 

My dance making practice stems from my fascination with landscape. I draw inspiration from my experience growing up on the flatlands of rural Illinois—a place of profound space and expansive horizon. This sense of distance resonates in my choreography as I consider the temporal layers of my work. I often place highly nuanced and fleeting sections of movement material next to durations of stillness. In my dancing, I interrupt complex, obsessive geometries with moments of physical release. Movement sourced from my love of ballet—including strict verticality and romantic gesture—is executed with brute aggression. The result is something contradictory: a dance that holds together disparate shards of movement that are still meticulously designed and calculated. 

I trace this obsession with design (design within the body, and design within the choreography) to my experience living on a land that is flat, sectioned into grids and plots, and dented with soft rivers and gentle nuance. These spaces continue to fuel my choreography.


Selected Choreographies

Ian Douglas

Ian Douglas

Nation

New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks (NYC)
2015

Christopher Duggan

Christopher Duggan

This is not a letter but my arms around you for a brief moment

Performed by Nico Brown and Amanda Kmett’Pendry
Sound Design by Niall Jones
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA)
La Mama Experimental Theater (NYC)
2016

Ian Douglas

Ian Douglas

MOUNTAIN

Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church (NYC)
2014