Interactive community video project to connect people through everyday movement
Life is movement and movement is life. Movement is a part of what we are everyday. It is what defines us as individuals. GroundWorks Dance Theater wants to see “your move”. GroundWorks is embarking on a community video project to encourage people to film themselves doing “their moves”.
Here is how it works. Take a moment and think. What is the one move that defines me as a person? Is it something I do for work? It is something I do while at play? What move is “me”? Once you have defined your move, film it using a camera in movie mode, a video camera, an iPad or your Smartphone. Email your move to email@example.com.
Sample videos can be viewed at http://groundworksdance.org/portfolio-items/its-your-move/. You do not have to be a dancer to participate, just someone who moves. Each week GroundWorks will broadcast the “move of the week” via e-mail, Facebook and on the new GroundWorks website gallery. For a view of all the moves you can tune into the “It’s Your Move” YouTube channel.
“We’re not looking for complete dances or involved movement compositions,” says GroundWorks Artistic Director David Shimotakahara. “We want people to do something simple and spontaneous. From a guy painting his house to a girl waiting for a bus, the invitation is rife with possibilities. Cleveland loves to move.
“In our performances, we explore themes that connect us to each other, so this is an outgrowth of that – exploring movement that connects all of us,” Shimotakahara explains. “It’s Your Move is a two-way exchange that audiences don’t always get watching us onstage. Plus it’s fun.”
GroundWorks plans to introduce It’s Your Move at events and neighborhoods throughout the region to create new opportunities for collaboration. “We hope this builds greater awareness of our organization and it gives people a chance to participate with us when and where they choose,” Shimotakahara says.
The genesis for It’s Your Move came from a GroundWorks retreat with community leaders as part of the Cleveland Foundation’s Engaging the Future program, which challenged the company to engage with people in new ways. With funding from the Minority Arts and Education Fund at the Cleveland Foundation, GroundWorks can take It’s Your Move into neighborhoods throughout Northeast Ohio.
Founded in 1998 by Shimotakahara, GroundWorks focuses on presenting original contemporary work that embraces risk and imagination, explores human experiences and expands the parameters of how and where dance is presented.
For more information on GroundWorks DanceTheater, visit http://groundworksdance.org.
Now in its 15th season, GroundWorks is dedicated to the development and presentation of new choreography and collaborations. The five-member company performs new works by Shimotakahara and Artistic Associate Amy Miller, as well as commissioned work by nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers including Ronen Koresh, Dianne McIntyre, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jill Sigman, Gina Gibney, David Parker and others.
GroundWorks DanceTheater’s performances are made possible with funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Murphy Foundation, The Kulas Foundation, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, Cleveland City Dance, Individual Contributors, and Members of the GroundWorks Board of Trustees. The Akron/Summit Co. Public Library concerts are generously supported by the GAR Foundation, Akron Community Foundation and the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation and the Knight Foundation.