2018 ETD/NCG Spotlight: Kanon Sapp / by Andrew Tran

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We are honored to introduce to you Kanon Saap, one of the three lovely ladies who received the 2018 ETD/NCG. We are so excited to see what she produces over the next three months. Read below to learn more about her and her journey as a dancer and choreographer...


1) How long have you been dancing? What college did you attend?
I began my dance training when I was three years old, and have continued to pursue dance seriously through college. I graduated from East Carolina University in May 2016, with my BFA in Dance Performance. 

2) When did you start creating work and what was the name of your first work? (feel free to elaborate)
I constructed my first piece of work during my sophomore year of college at East Carolina University.  I created solo work on Kristalyn Gill for an informal showcase at school, entitled Lights Up! The work, when the bough breaks, was later selected to perform at the American Dance Guild, in New York City in December of 2013.

3) Which choreographers inspire you the most and/or what is your favorite piece of choreography? 
Barak Marshall is such an inspiration to me .The Los Angeles based company, BODY TRAFFIC, performed during my time at ECU. Watching the company perform Barak Marshall's, And at Midnight the Green Bride Floated Through the Village Square, changed my life forever.  It was the first time that I had ever seen gestural, pedestrian movement performed at the magnitude of concert dance. Marshall's work is so intricate and delicately weaves together storytelling through gestural work. This work of art is truly stunning, if you ever have the chance to see Barak Marshall's work, I know that it will forever impact you the way it has impacted me. 

4) 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?
During my sophomore year of college, I remember sitting down with my professor, John Dixon and bursting into tears out of frustration. I was feeling this internal conflict,  the movement language I was using as a dancer wasn't translating in the same way that I heard music and visualized movement. Dixon pushed me to try choreography as an outlet to organize the way I heard music, and visualized movement. I fell in love with choreography the moment I tried it. Choreography combines movement invention, music, and storytelling; and when these three elements are assembled with intelligence and honesty the outcome is never less than incredible. 

The performance at the American Dance Guild is a bold moment for me in my choreography journey. The piece had just performed and there was a  brief moment of silence in between- after the lights go out, but before the audience begins to clap. In that brief moment of silence I heard an audience member say, "wow." It wasn't the recognition of someone enjoying my work that was so special. It was the first time that I felt that internal conflict subside. The movement language I chose to speak in through the work was not only heard, but was understood. 

5) What is your goal as a choreographer? Do you want to start your own company? Or, work project based? 
I started looseKANONdance in October 2017. Growing looseKANON from the ground up is one of my most tremendous goals as a choreographer. looseKANONdance is my personal creative getaway that houses my additional artistic interests: fashion, make-up, photography, costume creation, music, and video editing. This house will always be under renovation as I continue to expand my skills and artistry. My greatest ambition is to establish looseKANONdance, not only as a company that produces impactful and intelligent work, but as a group of diverse artists who can do it all.  

6) Where do you see yourself in ten years as a choreographer? 
In ten years, I see myself as an established choreographer. I hope to have the opportunity to see the world and share looseKANONdance's point of view with others.