“I think this is part of our problem. Nobody laughs. How often do we laugh? What is wrong with us? Dance seems to be too serious … Dance can also be about joy. Dance can be about entertainment. The weight of that seriousness that we all have to have, and the evidence of deep process, is also a burden and may not do us very well at all.”
For our second network meeting in September 2015 we had the honour to have choreographer, scholar and teacher Julia Gleich speak to us about what it’s like to “make it” as a choreographer and to discuss with us notions of success as well as ways to develop our careers.
She is on faculty at Trinity Laban and the Head of Choreography at London Studio Centre among many other roles. She works between NYC and London. Find out more about her and her work on her website http://gleichdances.org/
We have found that when discussing any issues and ideas – gender issues, female choreographers, artistic development, “emerging” and so on – we were always speaking to people who had a very similar level of experience to ourselves and we decided that we needed to hear from someone who had a wealth of experience and who had in fact made it beyond the “emerging” label. Julia kindly agreed to speak to us and so we met at Siobhan Davies Dance studios.