​16 | #JordanFuchs

On this episode your co-hosts Martheya and Reyna interview Jordan Fuchs. On this episode, we talk about starting an improvisation festival for dance, leveraging resources you have, how to create dance culture as a space for exchange, strategies for staying connected to the dance world, using Facebook groups in dance-making process for integrating documentation and communication, curating publicity content for a university dance department, and new ways of learning dance in the digital world.

This week on DANCE BEHIND THE SCREEN PODCAST…

[2:57] Martheya introduces Jordan Fuchs



QUESTIONS WITH JORDAN FUCHS

[4:44]Reyna asks: “How would you describe your career?”

[6:41]Reyna asks: “Can you tell us why you started TDIF?”

[9:14]Martheya asks: “Can you talk more about what defines the culture of improvisation?”

[11:07]Martheya asks: “How do you think TDIF offers the opportunity for exchange and interplay?”

[13:08]Martheya asks: “You wrote about the first TDIF in the Contact Quarterly publication Summer 2010 Vol. 35.2 and said “The festival was a great success, with many wonderful memories, images, insights, new friends, and colleagues, as well as an expanded and strengthened community of improvisers. There is good momentum for repeating the festival next year, in the fall of 2010—I think our optimism in calling it the “first annual” dance improvisation festival was warranted!” How has the festival evolved from its first opening in 2009- 10 years ago?”

[11:07]Martheya asks: “How do you think TDIF offers the opportunity for exchange and interplay?”

[18:57]Reyna asks: “Do you see a correlation between the evolution and accessibility of the digital space and the growth of TDIF?”

[20:05]Martheya asks: “Can you talk about the coordinating committee and the process for deciding who the guest artists are and the selection process for classes and performances?”

[23:05]Reyna asks: “Do you consider an artists social media presence when selecting the guest artists?”

[24:00]Martheya asks: “We noticed a dramatic shift in the marketing/branding of TDIF over the course of this past year on social media and the TDIF website. We know Erika Record is the festival administrator, what was the “rebranding” process like, if you call it that? Has this positively affected the attendance/participation at TDIF?”

[26:26]Martheya asks: “As a former student of yours, we recall you always speaking to the importance of staying current/aware of the dance field and the world. We would have to find and share with the class some form of dance related news. Could you talk to us about why you think it is important to stay current/aware of the dance field and the world? How do you stay current/aware of the dance field and the world? What are some of your recommendations for our listeners?”

[31:22]Reyna asks: “As a member of your company, we often work with video in the rehearsal process and communicate via Facebook groups, we also know you create dance films. Can you share with our audience how you use the digital space in your creative process for both live performance and dance films?”

[31:22]Reyna asks: “As a member of your company, we often work with video in the rehearsal process and communicate via Facebook groups, we also know you create dance films. Can you share with our audience how you use the digital space in your creative process for both live performance and dance films?”

[34:10]Martheya asks: “As the faculty advisor for both TWU Dance Graduate Assistantships, Digital Media Coordinator and Publicity Coordinator, you oversee the curation of print and digital marketing materials. Can you articulate important values to have when overseeing the curation of this content?”

[36:20]Martheya asks: “What has shifted because of the influence of social media?”



#FLASH4

[37:02] Reyna asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Alison Salzinger “in the 80’s...oversized men shoes clashing plaid men shorts...it’s why I became a dancer...physical virtuosity and creative expression”

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • BOTH “easing geographic isolation, the ability to organize in smaller groups…the additional action of having to have a presence online that I’m still ambivalent about myself”

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Spotify, “I've been loving Spotify recently”


#JordanFuchs Recommended Resources


Connect with #JordanFuchs and #TDIF:

Facebook- @JordanFuchs|@TexasDanceImprovisationFestival

Instagram- @Jfchs11|@TexasDanceImprovFest

Vimeo-@Jordan

Website:http://www.jordanfuchs.org/ | https://www.tdif.dance/

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