Here is a short interview between me and Nicholas Rodrigues, one of our 2017 New Choreographer Grant Recipients...
How long have you been dancing? What college did you attend?
I've been dancing since 2002, I started with tap and hip-hop. I began training in ballet in 2005 and contemporary around 2010. I went to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) [Class of 2015]
When did you start creating work and what was the name of your first work?
I began making work in my composition class during my freshman year at UNCSA. My first work was a quartet titled "Perpetual Knots" that I created my junior year.
Which choreographers inspire you the most and/or your favorite piece of choreography?
The choreographers that inspire me the most are Victor Quijada, Andrea Miller and Gregory Dolbashian.
What made you fall in love with choreography? Can you think of any specific moment in your life that made you realize you loved choreographing?
I've always had a wide imagination. I grew up writing stories a lot but had a hard time expressing the ideas. Once I started seeing unique and quirky pieces, I realized that there's a place for me to create my own work as well
What is your goal as a choreographer? Do you want to start your own company? Or, work project based?
I want to work project based for a little while longer to get some more experience and start a company in a few years.
Where do you see yourself in ten years as a choreographer?
In ten years I see myself as the artistic director, resident choreographer, and performer of my own company. Hopefully by then, we will be a full time, touring company.
Just last week Nicole Baker and I visited Nick's rehearsal at Spaceworks LIC. Below are a few photos we took while we observed him and his beautiful dancers. His piece is truly an exploration of human movement and we can't wait to see it all come together on Saturday, April 8th at New York Live Arts (219 W 19th Street New York, NY 10011 with Showings at 7pm and 8:30pm).
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