When Sarah first proposed creating a piece exploring the idea of “bounce,” I thought “yes!!” Instantaneously images of childhood games, jump ropes, and sunshine came to mind. As we began developing the piece, I realized that “bounce” is so much more than childhood nostalgia- there’s depth, strength, and resistance.
We began developing the language for the piece by sharing stories inspired by questions about the act of bouncing in our own lives. In the sharing of these stories, I realized that we bounce throughout our lives everyday. That we need to bounce, in a way, in order to survive. In tough times we use the expression “we’ll bounce back.” Every day we bounce back from stress, upsetting situations, and other obstacles. It amazed me that we do this without really thinking about it.
Bouncing makes us flexible and resilient. It takes force and a surrendering. I was inspired by all the stories we shared and surprised by how many ideas we all had! We began swapping and telling each other’s stories and I was surprised at how hard it was to try and tell someone else’s story at first and again how easy it became our script.
Translating words, emotions, or the essence of something into movement is one of my favorite things to do as a performer. So layering movement into the stories and the framework of the piece was so much fun. Every time I work with Kaleid I enjoy the freedom and generosity that we find in the act of creation. This generosity lets us take something simple like “bounce” and find a deep resonance of it in our every day lives.
All photos in this post were taken by Valerie Giacobbe at the 2013 KaleidoCabaret. Lighting Design by Ashley W Mills. People in the images are: Rachel, Samantha, and Nina (first image); Nina and Rachel (second image); and Samantha, Rachel, and Nina (third image).