ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 06: HOLLY WILDER // WILDER PROJECT
Get to know Holly Wilder, choreographer and dancer, and 6 of 12 presented artists during our upcoming performance series, Volume VI, Issue I. from March 11 to 13, 2016. As a family collaboration, Wilder Project creates site-specific, narrative dance films, providing access to a larger audience beyond the stage. Learn more about Holly on our Artist Spotlight and see her solo in Program 01: Female Form + Program 02: Design Vs. Narrative.
HOLLY WILDER // WILDER PROJECT
Three words that Describe your Choreography
Honest, Emotive, Subtle
Holly Wilder is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher based in New York City, with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from The Boston Conservatory. She has choreographed for the Boston Conservatory mainstage, JUNTOS Collective, composer John Heiss, and multiple music videos. Recently, she founded Wilder Project, a film and stage dance company, with her brother, Duncan, a freelance cinematographer. Their contemporary dance films have been screened at the Philadelphia Screendance Festival, Dance Films Association’s "Dance Film Lab,” the Theater at 14th St Y, and Center for Performance Research.
About Holly's Creative Process
As an art maker, my goal is to find moments that are authentic, unapologetic, and unified within the human experience. I continuously strip away layers from my personal experience that I hold against the world, hoping to develop contemporary dance work that is emotionally exposed, yet physical. My creative process starts with a provoked feeling that then translates into a metaphor. I sit within the imagery for some time, to then allow the concept to develop and deepen. Music affects me when I am making movement, as it often helps guide the shape of a work.
Do you work in other mediums other than dance/performance? If so, what, and how/why did you get into it?
I also am a film director; in collaboration with my cinematographer brother Duncan, we created a dance film company, Wilder Project. By creating access to dance to audiences in the public space, we can strengthen its power and relation to a larger spectrum beyond the stage or studio. Storytelling within film can give the viewer the ability to feel closer to the choreography by the perspective that can be manipulated from the camera lens.
What’s the best space for making dance, and why?
I think that every space is a space for making dance, because dance is about inhabiting whatever space you are in with intention. The difference between an everyday movement within the body, like walking, and a “dance movement” is simply the intended approach to presenting an action. Dance is made all the time: a finger twitches to the rhythm of a passing train, weaving our way through crowds in the streets. I am inspired by every bit of movement that enters my aura. I seek pockets of negative space created by the strange objects in the world, as well as by all the strangers and friends I come into contact with. I gather dance everywhere I go, because I make dances to tell human experiences.
What is your favorite part of the body, and why?
Definitely the eyes: they can be alive in so many different ways, and reveal the soul that is behind them. They immediately give away dishonesty and hold the power for communicating intention. The eyes can shape the space around a dancer more than any limbs ever could, as they present a certain type of directed focus, recognizing the dancer’s emotional reaction to the space, and her imagination, all at once.