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Choreography & Performance: Kym McDaniel

 

Danceworks DANCELAB

September 19 2017

Danceworks Studio Theatre

Milwaukee, WI

 

Interview for Danceworks DanceLAB:

 

KM: I'm trying to explore how I can negotiate my chronic pain as a performer. I still deal with repercussions from a head injury several years ago. I'm creating a series of films about my habit to ignore my body in order to avoid feeling pain... a series of exit strategies. I wondered if there could be a physical development of the film series, but instead of exploring leaving or ignoring my body, I would investigate would it would be like to stay.

I've been challenged by the fear of rehearsing and causing more pain. It is a delicate balancing act and requires a lot of clarity as to when I should stop, even if that's only after 5 minutes of rehearsing. I'm not always successful at stopping, but that's part of the process too.