We just completed our Orvis Artist in Residency at Spalding House! Over the course of the past six weeks, Spatial Sculptors has explored improvised dance, contact improvisation, working as an ensemble and more complicated improvised structures. The latter two a step in the direction of compositional improvisation.
We developed a community within the bounds of our concrete, sun-filled, and occasionally misty environment. Throughout the weeks we manipulated the Surface Gallery by developing arenas and pathways, bringing in musicians and artists, and incorporating the ideas of our participants, young and old. Each of these elements fed into our structural ideas creating a truly wonderful collaborative experience. The many roles developed throughout this process (musician, dancer, painter, spectator) allowed participants to find a niche they are comfortable in.
During Spatial Sculptors’ residency, we had 11 different individuals coordinate or assist in daily activities. This involved developing activities to fit the day’s theme for all levels and ages of movers. In Honolulu, everything is expensive, so access to a workspace that allows personal development, group development, and freedom of time constraints is difficult to come by. The opportunity to engage in movement, together as a community, has been tremendous.
One active member of Spatial Sculptors and coordinator for this residency, Kelly Wadlegger, noted, “For me it was fun and interesting to drop in to the other coordinators sessions to observe and participate. I love the collaborative nature of this residency and that the responsibilities were shared. ”
Another member and coordinator, Phoebe Hwang, made videos of the days she organized.
Please take a moment to view these videos—they are great fun.
We hope you keep in touch. We can be found at the following places, and in Chinatown every First Friday: