Sonia Plumb - The Technique Behind the Dance
I have been refining my "technique" over time, as any artist does in any genre or medium. My mother bought me these "Creative Dance" 78's when I was probably 6 or 7. There began my quest. I took ballet until mom deemed my teachers not good enough. Then followed gymnastics and theater, along with piano lessons and singing. College opened my eyes to a world of possibilities through classes and the videos we watched. I fell in love with modern and abhorred ballet. Then I met my mentor Douglas Boulivar and fell in love with ballet and floor barre. I Kept training and choreographing.It wasn't until I broke from my mentor that I discovered what my "technique" was.
I incorporate the breath and curves of Limon/Humphrey, the precision and lines of Ballet, the musical intricacy of Mark Morris, the story telling layers of Graham, the discovery of play and humor from Pilobolus, and the emotional content stored in movement patterns.
Each "class" I teach I ask of myself something new. It is easy to rely on my favorite combinations and patterns. I often find it the most helpful to demand of myself to be ugly or risky or plain out fall on the floor. Eventually, I have to get up - it;s just a matter of how and when.....
These artists have been the most influential in my studies: Mark Morris, Pilobolus, Susan Marshall, Jocelyn Lorenz, Marjorie Mussman, Douglas Boulivar and many more luminaries along with way.