by Jamie Benson – I was recently challenged to not feel like a worthless piece of crap, to answer your question. In an attempt to simplify my life (Ha!), I recently dove head-first into the idea of making a couple of new solos. This was after recently doing a lot of ensemble pieces. I always came up with material when in the studio but it was tough to figure out how that material might "read" to an innocent audience-go-er. There is a more immediate response when working with other performers. They laugh if it’s funny, look at me cross-eyed when its too complicated or unintentionally awkward, and so on. It can be tricky to express a source of whatever emotion one is exploring as a soloist. When doing a solo, it’s real easy to go from dancer to crazy person in the eyes of an arts bystander if not careful. Peer review has become more crucial then ever.
That being typed I was completely free from scheduling ridiculously busy, creative people. It. was. bliss.