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25 | #MiguelGutierrez

On this episode your co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview Miguel Gutierrez. On this episode we go behind the screen and talk about Miguel’s approach to creating and performing, advantages / disadvantages of social media, the audience as a group of individuals who are ready for an experience, creative process tips for tricking yourself into different mental states, and teaching practices. Special thanks to the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival on connecting us for this in-person interview.


[0:27] YeaJean and Reyna introduce Miguel Gutierrez


[3:10]Reyna asks: “Can you briefly walk us through your career path?”

[5:06]Reyna asks: “Can you talk about your teaching and advocacy work?”

[8:15]YeaJean asks: “What kind of technique did you teach before? What is your definition of technique?”

[11:31]YeaJean asks: “Can you explain more about your definition of ‘time based nature’ for performance?”

[17:05]Reyna asks: “What do you see your creative process looks like?”

[25:33]Reyna asks: “Do we limit our own intellectual capabilities? Or our audiences?”

[27:40]Reyna asks: “How do you define dance improvisation? Why is it important in the current dance field?”

[32:40]YeaJean asks: “Why do you hate the word free?”

[35:00]YeaJean asks: “Can you talk about your TDIF class ‘Baby, This Is What You Came For’?”

[38:12]YeaJean asks: “Have you seen a shift in how people consume dance with the evolution of social media? And, How does social media influence your career?”

[57:39] 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?

  • My Sister’s Cheerleading Practices, “I would go with her and watch and teach myself her routines...first time I dance publicly...I stepped in because I knew the routines”

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

  • BOTH “I think it has positive and negative things”

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • YouTube/Instagram “Insta is the place”

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