I recently unpacked some old boxes and in the process came upon a number of videos of choreography I did at Berkeley Ballet Theater and Princeton University as well as the projects from an avant garde film class I took at Berkeley. Here is some of what I found.
The Film, 1994. The music was created for the piece by the Drew Daniels, who was at the time a fellow Berkeley philosophy major. Look carefully, and you may recognize a now famous Harvard philosopher who was a graduate student at Berkeley at the time. This is from a Ballet After Work performance at the Julia Morgan Theater in Berkeley:
Cadence and Canescense, 1997. Music: Suite for Violin and Piano by Henry Cowell. Dancers from the Princeton University Dance Program.
Clocking In, 1997. Music: Les Echanges, by Rolf Liebermann. One of the dancers is Jill Sigman, a Princeton philosophy PhD and director of ThinkDance.
Cupiditas Dea, 1994. Perhaps this was supposed to be about homosexuality among the clergy?
Two projects from my avant garde film class. I had trouble in this class; not with making the films—the professor loved my projects, though usually for aspects of them that were unintentional such as my “very edgy extended shot of the floor” in Footage and in a 16 mm film we worked on, my “use of hairs and dirt on the celluloid”—but with the writing: she wanted my papers to be more “textural.” I didn’t know what to do with that comment, though even then I knew that she was absolutely right.
Either/Or was our first project; it’s an allusion to Kierkegaard’s eponymous book, and I’m sure it was all very meaningful to me then.