ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 09: TEDTED PERFORMANCE GROUP
Get to know Teddy Tedholm, choreographer and dancer, and 9 of 12 presented artists during our upcoming performance series, Volume VI, Issue I. from March 11 to 13, 2016. Drawing visual inspiration from William Blake's "The Ancient Days," Teddy's "timedesert" confronts mankind's relation to time and the universe. Learn more about Teddy on our Artist Spotlight and see tedted Performance Group in Program 02: Design Vs. Narrative + Program 03: Distorting The Frame.
TEDTED PERFORMANCE GROUP
Three words that Describe your Choreography
Alien, Thoughtful, Connectivity
Teddy Tedholm received a BFA with honors as well as the Arts’ Stella Moore Prize for Four Years of Outstanding Achievement from the University of the Arts. He was nominated for a World Dance Award in Best Choreography Concert/Live Performance and was a finalist at the Capezio ACE Awards and has appeared on "So You Think You Can Dance." His work has been described as “hip, whimsical and endearing” (Wet Paint) and has been presented in New York City and Philadelphia.
About Teddy's Creative Process
Creation is an opportunity to learn both about the topic you're approaching in the work and about one’s approach to creation. All work is inherently site-specific; it shifts from rehearsal to rehearsal and performance to performance, requiring an overall improvisational process, and so I let the creative process develop differently with each work. For “timedesert” we created a lot of the material from writing prompts stemming from the topics we were tackling.
What influenced the concept/work that you are presenting at the CURRENT SESSIONS?
The inspiration for this piece is twofold, contextually, the piece is meant to approach time as mankind’s original finite resource. It is something we all need in order to survive, yet we know it will one day run out. This piece circles around people who find themselves in a place without time. Aesthetically, the piece is derived from William Blake’s “The Ancient Days” (image on right). Blake used a hand coloring process that made each copy of this book cover different from the others. The marks of differences in each image accentuate the ability of time to take “copies” and differentiate them. Not only is the image itself striking, it has hung on the wall of my parents’ basement as long as i can remember, furthermore connecting it to my thoughts of the past.
Define “contemporary dance/performance” in your own words.
Despite being a “creative”, I find a lot of comfort in strict logic. The word contemporary means something that occurs in the present and therefore the only thing I think is necessary to define something as a “contemporary” work is that it is striving to find/create something new. If the work is consciously derivative then it, by definition, can not be contemporary.
What is your favorite part of the body, and why?
My favorite part of the body is the skin. I find something so intriguing about the sound of rough skin. Sometimes I rub my hands on my face to hear the sound it will make. (weirdest answer ever or……?)
See tedted Performance Group in Volume VI, Issue I., on Saturday, March 12th at 7:30pm + Sunday, March 13th at 3pm + Talkback.