ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 09: GREGORY HOLT
Get to know Gregory Holt, choreographer and performer, and 9 of 10 presented artists during our upcoming performance series, Volume VI, Issue II: MOVEMENT CURRENCY from August 19 to 21, 2016. Engaging in inner movement, Gregory investigates the trained vocabulary of gesture, somatic possibility, and lived history. Learn more about Gregory on our Artist Spotlight and see his work in 02 DEBT // Saturday, August 20 at 7:30pm + 03 SAVINGS // Sunday, August 21 at 3pm.
Three words that Describe your Choreography
Sprawling, alert, open-ended
Gregory Holt is a choreographer and community organizer currently residing in Philadelphia. His dances are refined, process-based works highlighting the social intelligence of choreography, within and among people. Gregory’s work has been shown across the US, in Canada, and in Europe. He was a 2011 LAB Fellow, and an artist-in-residence at Mascher Space Cooperative for 7 years.
About Gregory's Creative Process
We are made of collectivities - of cells, of sensation, of those whose economies intersect our own. I engage inner, yet shared, movement; the trained vocabulary of gesture, somatic possibility, and lived history. With body practice, I can hallucinate in parallel to constraints of anatomy or economy rather than become simply produced by them. Not through distance, but by inhabiting them differently. I value building meaning through relationship and interdependence, where I also ground my politics.
What does the dance/performance world need more of? Less of?
More care, more spill, more failure, more public, less capacity, less cosmopolitanism, less consensus
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? 10 years?
Here! Or, I mean, something like it. I mean radically committed to my non-trad fam, working in local body poetics.
What’s the best space for making dance, and why?
Somewhere shared and easy to get to. It’s important for me to separate a bit from my distractions, but I also find it necessary to be engaged and showing up for a broader conversation, or I lose my own interest. Right now, this is my friend’s massage studio around the corner. It could also be Mascher Space Co-op, or the Whole Shebang.
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See Gregory Holt in Volume VI, Issue II: MOVEMENT CURRENCY, in 02 DEBT // Saturday, August 20 at 7:30pm + 03 SAVINGS // Sunday, August 21 at 3pm.