#ADigitalDance is a movement project encouraging creativity through digital platforms. As a response to the COVID-19 lockdown, we partnered with the dance community around the world to create weekly tasks to keep creative and connected. Every Monday, we created a new task to share and watched as individuals took their creativity and limitations and turned them into beautiful creations. We watched people from around the world in their living rooms, backyards, and neighborhoods share their voice in a time of isolation.
Film or photograph yourself completing a task below and upload it using the hashtag #adigitaldance. We encourage our audiences to do these tasks on their own at home or outside in nature – places that are walking distance so there is no need to take any public transportation and following the guidelines of your local government and CDC.
By Jacob Jonas The Company
Interpret the written movement directions below in order from 1 to 15 to create your own phrase using your movement ability, location, and creativity. You can interpret the directions in many different ways.
1) Hips circle
2) Right knee up
3) Jump to opposite direction
4) Left shoulder cuts
5) 3 angular movements
6) Step 1, 2
7) Hips push forward
8) Up, surrender, down
9) 5 steps in different directions
10) Rotate, switch
11) Left leg gets pulled
12) Pull, circle, grab
13) Twist, circle
By Emma Portner
Grab and hold on to one foot at all times. Use hand sanitizer before and after.
By Tiler Peck
1)Cross arms in a fluid movement
2)Lunge keeping one leg straight and one bent
3)Stand on just the left leg
4)Jump off two feet looking up to the sky
5)Find the silence
6)Inhale and Smile
7) Turn to the right
8) Touch the ground
9) Slide your hand from the ground up to your heart
10)Bend both knees and twist
11)Head roll to the right
12) Make a shape with both arms stretched side
13) 3 sharp contractions using any part of your body
14) Make a circular movement with your arms
15) End on your toes
By Michael Novack, Artistic Director of Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
Interpret the written direction on the next story in order from 1-15 to create a phrase using only your hands. Utilize the space surrounding you to create a unique film composition.
10) wave slowly
By Alicia Graf Mack, Director of Dance at Juilliard
Make a dance that plays with the idea of PERSPECTIVE by changing your orientation and/or distance from the camera.
By The 7 Fingers
By Xin Ying, Principal Dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company
Dance allows us to access all our emotions, but sometimes it just helps us escape and brings us joy. My task is to create new movements in your daily rituals. Find movement while you’re brewing your morning coffee or wearing a moisturizing sheet mask. Use this restricted time in quarantine as an opportunity to create something that may surprise you or bring you joy.
By Jacob Jonas
Create 10 movements.
Film the movements with three edits of different backdrops. We encourage you to use an editing program to create a video of your own incorporation three locations and music of your choice.
Photograph the movements individually and upload them as a series of 10 images.
By Adji Cissoko, Dancer with Alonzo King Lines Ballet
Interpret the written direction on the next story in order from 1-15 to create a phrase your movement, ability, location and creativity.
By Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director of A.I.M.
In this time of isolation, I’d love for people to take the time to talk to their loved ones and ask them questions like these:
Once you’ve taken all of that information in, take time to honor that person with a special dedicated dance that truely honors what they’ve shared with you. It’s not necessary post this part unless you feel comfortable doing so. Share this with the person who you connected with during this task.
By Damien Jalet
A bed is where most people are born and the place where many leave this world.
It’s a place where you spend a big part of your life…unconscious.
It’s where dreams are made and intimacy is found.
Use your bed as a stage, a set , a partner to interact, a canvas that will frame you for this task.
Use it s limits and it s unexpected possibilities.
Get inspired from the implosions that make you get out of it in the morning and the surrendering feeling when you find it back, exhausted.
Take risk, play with gravity and perception… (but don t break it)
By Ian Robinson, Bobbi Jene Smith, and Billy Barry
By Mike Tyus and Joy Brown of Jacob Jonas The Company
Create a video that is less than ten seconds long and starts and stops in a similiar place so that when repeated there is a looping effect.
By people watching (Brin Schoellkopf, Natasha Patterson, Jeremy Levesque, Sabine van Rensburg)
to zoom in on a specific body part. It could be a beautiful way to add a visual aspect of different close up isolation movement sequences.
By Micaela Taylor, Artistic Director of TL Collective
1) Contract core
2) Isolate/ twist neck to the right
3) Turn to the left grabbing the right ankle
4) Find a stop, release, jump
5) Stretch face wide as you tick the right arm
6) Lift left leg sustaining balance
switch body quality
7) Release texture and find expansion from core.
8) Find resolve!
By Emily Kikta and Peter Walker of New York City Ballet
Start with the music. Find a piece that moves you and respond directly to what you hear. Your goal is to become the physical representation of the music. If the music goes high, go high. If the music goes low, go low. Try and choreograph to every sound that you hear. For an added challenge, add one or two camera edits or effects that enhance your visual musicality.
By Hope Boykin
There is an extreme urgency to get out, finding your way toward the new…whatever normal will be. This speed task should look and represent your deliberate ramping up of emotions out of your confined self.
Start slowly with these actions and repeat three or four times speeding up each new time you start the phrase, building not just in speed and pace but also drive and URGENCY.
WALK 3 STEPS
RUN 3 STEPS
COVER YOUR HEAD
SCOOP ONE ARM
WRAP ONE ARM
SWIPE ONE ARM
By Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
“what would be the movements you would do if you knew it was the last time you were ever allowed to dance? A dance to say goodbye to dance… the last traces of yourself as a mover, what would those movements look like, how much energy would you put into them? Would you want another dancer to remember them? Or keep them as a unique expression of your own body, never to be reproduced by another dancer? Which movement would you want others to remember you by? Which movement would you want to transmit, to give to other dancers…?”