Periapsis Emerging Artist Residencies / by Anne Lanzilotti

I had an amazing time working with choreographer Wendell Gray II and the dancers and musicians of Periapsis Music & Dance this month in their first Emerging Artists Residencies. We had ten days to develop a work together, so instead of composing a piece and then bringing in a final product for Wendell to choreograph, I brought in different textures for the percussionist and I to experiment with over the course of the workshop, and eventually develop a piece based on the form of the dance. The goal of the way we were playing was to be able to focus on the dancers, to phrase with their movement and to have flexible material so that the music would fit exactly with the transitions, instead of asking the dancers to conform to set timings. Therefore, everyone in the room focused on a unified sense of movement in time.

Wendell Gray II works with Periapsis dancers Marissa Wiley and Isaac Owens

Wendell Gray II works with Periapsis dancers Marissa Wiley and Isaac Owens

Sarah Mullins, percussion

Sarah Mullins, percussion