Maya H. '23
My overall intention of this project was to show my love of books and reading through a dance where I went to different locations based on the genre of the books I was showing. I had just read a really good book around the time this project was assigned and so it was on the front of my mind. I looked up several genres that I could do and a late night stroke of inspiration caught me for one of my locations. I had remembered hearing that in San Francisco, there was a rainbow crosswalk and one of the genres I was considering doing was LGBTQ+ representation, so I found the sidewalk and my ideas went on from there. I think three words that I want my audience to take away from this piece are joy, pride, and grace. This work is different from my past pieces because I went to different locations and I filmed them in multiple takes instead of just doing one all the way through. I think this one also tells more of a story and shows my passion more than past pieces I have done. I think my choices in location (my bedroom, the rainbow crosswalk, and the Palace of Fine Arts) all supported my goals for the piece very well because for the I had all the books I wanted to show in my bedroom, the rainbow crosswalk had a direct connection to the LGBTQ+ representation in the books I chose to show there and the Palace of Fine Arts is an old building aligning with the classic books I represented there. I think filming in multiple takes was very helpful because I could move in different ways in accordance to my mom who was filming, I could be closer or further away, coming towards her or heading the opposite direction. I think my movement shows my passion for dance as well for reading.