Have you ever choreographed a dance or movement piece to a Finn song? If so, please share what song and what piece and where you performed it (professionally or just for fun). What was the response? What motivated you to create it?

I ask as the first formal piece I ever choreographed was to "Mean to Me" (for myself only). And I'm gestating another solo piece to "Sinner". I'd love to share inspiration with ya'll.

Take care,
Colleen
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In gymnastics class in Year 9 in high school (some half a lifetime ago!) I choreographed and performed a solo floor routine that I had to perform at lunchtime in the school gymnasium. The music - Split Enz's "Dirty Creature". I thought the somewhat "jerky" rhythm of the song fitted perfectly with the gymnastic moves I needed to incorporate into the routine, as well as the dance moves I wanted to perform.

It was quite successful, I must say. Smiler
i've never really been able to *dance* to ch music but "sister madly" throws me into Swing mode, big time. haven't shared it with anyone...and what inspired me? the song Smiler it's too hip!
'Sister Madly' and 'Dirty Creature' are two of my favorite songs too. I can definitely see where 'Sister Madly' would be good to swing to, and I've always hoped someone would choreograph something to 'Dirty Creature'. I knew a brilliant choreographer in college I kept trying to foist the song on, but he chose to go with a Seal song for our show instead. (I especially love that little 'one slip you're dead. ha' part.)

Are there any other Finn songs you could see working with through movement??

~ C
Wow. Cool! Do you think she'd be open to talking about her inspiration and how she choreographed the pieces? (BTW, which is Ships - there are still a few things out there I don't have, saving them for later. Is that Spilt-Enz or Neil?) What was your impression of her work?
I used to always choreograph solo pieces to my favorite songs and perform them. Ships is from Waiata/Corroboree. It was by far my favorite piece I ever did in the whole twenty years I danced. The song makes me so emotional, I would end up having as intense an experience on stage as the audience was watching it. I studied classical ballet with a little bit of modern, jazz, and a lot of improvisation. I had a lot of movement influence from David Byrne of the Talking Heads and, indeed, the very early Enz videos. So I had a pretty distinct style, very jerky and twitchy superimposed over the natural grace of years of ballet training. That's probably really hard to imagine. When I was dancing Ships I would get so wrapped up it would become somehow painful, both physically and pyschologically. I love the song so much and I would have to absolutely push my body to the edge of its limits to gratify the love of the music. I don't know if this makes any sense to anybody. Since then I've moved my focus over to playing music rather than dancing to it, because it's a more immediate way of gratifying the love, once you become adept enough to lose yourself in it. I still miss dancing sometimes, though. I also used to dance to Sinner. For that one I used to take my hair down, which was very effective, because it reaches the backs of my knees, and would swing and swoosh around like another part of my body.
absolutley! finn music is usually so fun to choreograph. I do middle-eastern dance (which of course comes up in nearly all my postings because hey, its a big part of my life as hobby and social circle) and at a hafla (basically a bellydance party where we all dance and eat) we had in October, I danced to 'skin feeling' and it went over really well. I have to confess that half the fun is everyone going "wow..i had no idea crowded house could do that!" At the wearable art show we had recently, I choreographed "big wave rider" for my model to dance to and we decided that song works really well for bellydancing. we might even use it at our next hafla. I warm up all the time to "dirty creatures" . It's fun for shimmy work, and when I've done some veil work to 'nails in my feet', '4 seasons in 1 day'. 'take a walk' and 'bold as brass' also work really well and are quite fun and it works so well before as well as after one cranks up the natacha atlas Smiler It's fun to do dances no one would really expect to work.. and when it does its oh so amazing.
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Originally posted by paimaopi:
'Sister Madly' and 'Dirty Creature' are two of my favorite songs too. I can definitely see where 'Sister Madly' would be good to swing to, and I've always hoped someone would choreograph something to 'Dirty Creature'. I knew a brilliant choreographer in college I kept trying to foist the song on, but he chose to go with a Seal song for our show instead. (I especially love that little 'one slip you're dead. ha' part.)

Are there any other Finn songs you could see working with through movement??

~ C


I love that part of Dirty Creature too.

I've come up with routines for Not the Girl You Think You Are and I Hope I Never-both pieces are very melodical and studded with modern, jazz, and ballet dance, as well as I guess what you could call my own natural lyrical.

I'm also flirting with the idea of DDIO.

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