I am drawn to ambiguity and letting go of the preciousness or inherent value in certainty. I’m interested in how dance making requires staying awake and ready to
respond now, and now and now, with a certainty that only lasts as long as the moment, or not even; certainty that sits briefly alongside its own contradiction shows just how
much dance can hold. This sort of inverted certainty moves on multiple spectrums, and I want it to hold and explore apparent conflicting perspectives and positions.
As a performer, educator and dance maker, I’m curious about elements of dance as a means for knowing ambiguity and uncertainty in such a way that it creates space (mentally and physically) where heavy landing conclusions aren’t required: multivalency as a way of growing human capacity for being together and highlighting our social needs. To do that, I want to make dance that engages and trusts that a spectator CAN think and CAN bring ideas to the work that I didn’t conceive, such that they become actors in it. That said, I’m concerned with my ethical responsibilities regarding socio-political context as I call others to be involved in dance making process or enter into their process. I wish to examine how reflection and awareness of self, of audience, of intention and reception, allows for nuance that, in its acknowledgment of the social and political and temporal, celebrates human capacity to be more or other than these definitions.
Claire Melbourne is a maker and educator, currently pursuing an MFA in dance at The Ohio State University. Before beginning this program, she performed with Cid Pearlman Performance Projects in SF Bay area and LA, and in her own choreography, presented at Mission Dance in San Francisco and Motion Pacific, in Santa Cruz. Her recent work and current research involves investigating intermedia and audience participation to surface shared creative understandings. As a classroom teacher, a performer and an artist, Claire seeks to spark and deepen community dialogue among students/teachers and performers/audiences/makers, facilitating creative expression in the body and noticing and valuing difference.