Learning to Say Yes ( 4:30) Colorado, USA
Choreographed by: Structured Improvisation by Joanna Ashleigh
Performers: Joanna Ashleigh
Videographers: Audrey Sica
Music: Secret Place by CloZee
What dance styles are being fused?
The movements in this work are blended from the dance styles of Raqs Sharqi/ رقص شرقي, Contemporary Persian, American Cabaret, Silvestre Technique, Datura Style, Modern, and Post Modern Dance.
I returned to college in 2016 with a well defined sense of self; perhaps too defined. I didn’t make any solo work for the next thee years as I took semester after semester of dance styles that were new to me. After which, I felt like a stranger in my own body, disconnected from everything I thought I was. The process of creating this work allowed me to get to know myself again, accepting and sifting through the changes in my body and psyche. This is a work that explores letting go of who you think you should be, seeing who you are, and letting the body have its say. I graduated in May 2020 with a degree in Dance and Minor in Arabic Studies from CU Boulder.