By Kaitlyn Esposito
MIP® & MIP2® Guest Artist Adam Barruch
“As dancers we have an innate ability to transform conflict--understanding the nuanced energetics involved in transmuting one vibration into another with the power of movement, thought and commitment."
"It gives me great solace to know that our work, on both a personal and community level, stays relevant in this time. I encourage you to keep your practice alive to help us all align with balance and compassion in our bodies and with each other,” shares Adam.
One of Adam’s favorite MIP2® memories was, “creating an installation for MIP2® at Reeves Reed Arboretum. I remember creating movement sequences based on elemental energy and it was beautiful to see the dancers moving amongst the landscape of the gardens.”
2018 MIP® Alum & 2015 Pre-MIP® Alum Kaitlyn Soloway
“My advice for other dancers during this time filled with so much unknown is to not be so hard on yourself."
"Take time for what YOU need, help others and appreciate even the littlest of things.”
Kaitlyn recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She shares, “the incredible professors and peers continue to inspire me and the movement, even miles and miles away, just feels good. I also am taking classes from artists I have danced with before and connect with new ones I have been wanting to learn from. Finally, I am giving my body and mind time to rest, meditate and be with my family.”
Photo by LeVue Photography
2018-2019 MIP® Alum Trace Yeames
Trace has been keeping up with his training by taking online dance classes through Zoom with UNCSA faculty, and has been supplementing extra classes with giving myself counter-technique classes.
“Floor barre has proven to be a useful way to work the ballet muscles in any spatial confinements and still be challenged.”
Reflecting on his MIP® experience Trace shares, “I’ve acquired new skills that I haven’t found before: understanding the 9 point improv study from William Forsythe, new floor-work movements, how to use dance theatre structured improv games to create movement for new works, and how to make dance for film."
2018 MIP2® Alum Mateo Picone
During the quarantine, Mateo has been continuing his dance training online through Zoom with his dance school, ESBQ, and by weight training. Since participating in MIP2®, Mateo has continued his training at École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, where he will be graduating from their professional dance study program this year.
“My experience at MIP2® has helped boost my creative abilities as well as improve my improvisational skills. I learned more about how to collaborate effectively with other dancers, which is useful when working in a professional environment.”
Photo by Michael Slobodian
2019 MIP2® Alum Codelia King
“Keep the fire and the passion. We are in a dark place at this time in the world and it’s going to be difficult to keep that light inside but that’s the challenge we must accept," shares Codelia.
"Artists rise above moments like these because we are fighters and we must fight to keep the beauty of hope and art alive.”
2020 FMF Guest Artist Brandon Coleman
“During this time I’ve been taking class on IG Live with a variety of dance artists. I love being able to connect with so many different teachers and mentors from around the world. I’ve also been teaching my own classes via zoom and Instagram live. While physical distancing, one project I loved contributing to was Bolero Juilliard with Larry Keigwin and Keigwin + Company. The project was a virtual dance featuring over 100 Juilliard students and alumni,” shares Brandon. Most recently he was a performer in Punchdrunks Sleep No More in New York City.
“What if it’s a gift?”
“This presents the idea that anything that happens in your life (good or bad) is some form of gift in disguise. As undesirable as this time is, what if it’s meant for us to reset and redefine the goals we have? What is this time allowing us the space and time to find? These are the questions that motivate me to keep researching and discovering more about my life and dancing.”