As a “late starter” in the field of dance, the choreographer felt very unfamiliar to the new customs of this practice. Throughout the choreographer’s time in dance academia, he was very brooding. The choreographer would tend to escape to an internal, introspective state where one was expected to be external. Yet on stage or other settings, the choreographer was more external. A question as to why does one switch between those two mindsets was raised. Furthermore, how can one express that in a dance or visual demonstration?
Many trial and error of different movement vocabulary, staging’s, and compositions were done to compare what was effective and what not while creating the presentation. Also, showings in front of peers were helpful for general feedback and seeing if what was intended was successful. Inspiration collecting from poetry, literature, and art were used. Lastly, notes, sketches, and recordings were used for documentation for personal and research purposes.
Finally, the poetic demonstration “Caged Bird”, inspired by the poem of the same title by Maya Angelou was created. The piece displays the differences of a caged and free bird, while also expressing the corresponding introspective and external states of the two.
Ms. Kim Karpanty
"Caged Bird" is inspired by the poem of the same title by Maya Angelou. The purpose of the piece is to show the contrast between a caged bird and a free bird, like Angelou speaks of in the poem. “Cage Bird" is also inspired by the choreographer’s journey in this new world of "dance". After the choreographer was exposed to this unfamiliar world, the choreographer felt like a "caged bird" and would always escape to an introspective state. Yet on stage or other places, the choreographer felt free. Questions as to "why was this happening” and “how can this be expressed” were explored. Through multiple trial and error investigations, showings, and various types of documentation “Caged Bird” was created.
Coats, A. (2017). “Caged Bird”: an exploration and poetic demonstration of the external and internal mindset. https://oaks.kent.edu/node/5394
Coats, Austin. 2017. “‘Caged Bird’: An Exploration and Poetic Demonstration of the External and Internal Mindset”. https://oaks.kent.edu/node/5394.
Coats, A. “Caged Bird”: An Exploration and Poetic Demonstration of the External and Internal Mindset. 21 Mar. 2017, https://oaks.kent.edu/node/5394.