Title

Moving Forward

Presenter Information

Rachel Heikkila

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom D

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

The creative work I am submitting for SOURCE is titled "Moving Forward." This solo piece was created using an integrated arts approach, meaning that I fully developed my concept using poetry, art, and music before I ever choreographed a single movement. My concept was first inspired by a short poem that expressed the feeling of being stuck, and then finally freed. To follow through with this idea, I found a piece of art that I thought had themes of “change” and “movement.” Next, when I went to choose the music to set my piece to, I searched for a song with lyrics that supported my motifs of being bound, then free, and stuck, then in motion. Choreographing at that point became easier because of all the preparations�"I knew exactly what I wanted to say through dance. When I choreographed this piece, I never would have thought that its meaning would go past what I was experiencing as a college sophomore. Now, as I prepare to graduate, I see that its themes will revisit throughout life. I had felt free and in motion two years ago, but since then I have been stuck again, and again I am ready for change. Moving forward in life is inevitable; it’s a continuous process of ups and downs. I have put my heart into this dance, and my hope is that the audience will see that and be able to relate their personal experiences to it as well.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Therese Young

Additional Mentoring Department

Physical Education, School and Public Health

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Moving Forward

SURC Ballroom D

The creative work I am submitting for SOURCE is titled "Moving Forward." This solo piece was created using an integrated arts approach, meaning that I fully developed my concept using poetry, art, and music before I ever choreographed a single movement. My concept was first inspired by a short poem that expressed the feeling of being stuck, and then finally freed. To follow through with this idea, I found a piece of art that I thought had themes of “change” and “movement.” Next, when I went to choose the music to set my piece to, I searched for a song with lyrics that supported my motifs of being bound, then free, and stuck, then in motion. Choreographing at that point became easier because of all the preparations�"I knew exactly what I wanted to say through dance. When I choreographed this piece, I never would have thought that its meaning would go past what I was experiencing as a college sophomore. Now, as I prepare to graduate, I see that its themes will revisit throughout life. I had felt free and in motion two years ago, but since then I have been stuck again, and again I am ready for change. Moving forward in life is inevitable; it’s a continuous process of ups and downs. I have put my heart into this dance, and my hope is that the audience will see that and be able to relate their personal experiences to it as well.