Title

Only in Memory

Presenter Information

Quinci Daoust

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom A

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Dance, Blind Dog, Comedy

Abstract

I choreographed Only in Memory for my final project in the choreography course. I wanted to create a humorous dance with movement inspired by animals, and it was at this time my dog lost her sight. There is no music because I was inspired by the sound scores of John Cage, an unorthodox, American composer. The final project in this course required that we choose a work of visual art and a poem as inspiration for our choreography. The poem I chose is called Running with Blind Dog by Brian Demay. I discovered this poem while researching blindness. Lastly, my visual inspiration is a picture of a dog named Iggy. He is a Boston terrier with a glazed look in his eyes and drool dripping down his flat face. I found this picture to be amusing and weird, just as dogs can be. The picture was created by Araki Hirohiko, a Japanese artist, for the manga series titled, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. I had a Boston terrier for a long time and am familiar with how they move and act. I had no difficulty finding a dancer willing to be as energetic as a puppy, but the challenging part was in making the dancer appear to be blind. I want my dance to bring laughter and pity from those who watch it, while conveying the excitement that dogs hold for life even when misfortune has blinded them.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Crystal Fullmer

Department/Program

Theatre

Additional Mentoring Department

Physical Education, School & Public Health

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Only in Memory

SURC Ballroom A

I choreographed Only in Memory for my final project in the choreography course. I wanted to create a humorous dance with movement inspired by animals, and it was at this time my dog lost her sight. There is no music because I was inspired by the sound scores of John Cage, an unorthodox, American composer. The final project in this course required that we choose a work of visual art and a poem as inspiration for our choreography. The poem I chose is called Running with Blind Dog by Brian Demay. I discovered this poem while researching blindness. Lastly, my visual inspiration is a picture of a dog named Iggy. He is a Boston terrier with a glazed look in his eyes and drool dripping down his flat face. I found this picture to be amusing and weird, just as dogs can be. The picture was created by Araki Hirohiko, a Japanese artist, for the manga series titled, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. I had a Boston terrier for a long time and am familiar with how they move and act. I had no difficulty finding a dancer willing to be as energetic as a puppy, but the challenging part was in making the dancer appear to be blind. I want my dance to bring laughter and pity from those who watch it, while conveying the excitement that dogs hold for life even when misfortune has blinded them.