Cindy Cummings - Dance Artist
As an independent dance artist - performer, choreographer, tutor - my work manifests in a wide range of forms with the body and it's innate intelligence at the core.
Unifying my practice are several themes: the vulnerable and mutable place of the body within contemporary society; the centrality of play and humor as tools of creative interrogation; a passion for scientific ideas, rigor and innovation; and a constant engagement with how the body in 4 dimensional space/time, interacting with visual, sonic and dramatic impulses, can be used as both medium and text of essential human communication.
Much of the work I create is collaborative. Each project presents the opportunity to learn new skills and challenge my perceptions with different methodologies. I work with artists from other disciplines, scientists, technologists, activists, communities, school children and academics. The process of what we create together is the most important aspect of the work whether it results in live performance, publication or stand alone objects.
Site and Context: the relationship of the body to it's environment is a essential idea to the work I create. I'm inspired by the site and context in which a work is created and presented to the public, how it shapes the process of making and presents unforeseen challenges to the overall work.
Choreography is a system with which you can refine a language (or a combination of languages) for communicating images (movement, sound or visual). Early in my career I adhered to the traditional practice of choreographing set sequences of steps; I now prefer to create a choreographic score of actions within a specific timeframe to include the possibility of unforeseen inspirations and responses as part of the choreography.
The techniques of Contact, Solo and Group improvisation are the core of my practice. There are endless possibilities with practicing awareness and making choices with the continually evolving vocabulary of the body. Taking this practice out of the studio and testing in it in a live performance context with musicians, sound artists and dancers is one of my favourite arenas for exposing the act of creativity.
Experimenting with physical and perceptual possibilities is the basis of my teaching, Serious Play. The studio is my personal laboratory and my body the site of experimentation. With playing seriously, I create structures to allow a focused and intentional questioning of the body's intelligence and it's immediate response to the environment and other bodies, reflected in their dance.