I asked Kori to share more about herself so everyone can get a better sense of who she is and what she does and what she wants to do with her life. I am looking forward to our work together on Sea↔Bus…

When asked to talk about herself a bit…

I’m balancing a life of practicing anesthesia as a Nurse Anesthetist (40 hrs/week) and continuing to study contemporary dance and improvisation techniques at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA. In 2014 I founded SIMLab, an ongoing workshop for the study of dance improvisation. I’m also a candidate in the Eight Limbs Yoga Teacher training 2016-2017, and will complete that training this April. I’ve been dancing since I was 19 and studied post-modern technique and improvisation at Denison University in Granville, Ohio where I graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a minor in Contemporary Dance. I continue to study and make dance because it’s the art form that I’ve found puts us most directly into contact with challenges and victories of trusting and collaborating with one another in an unknown environment. Improvisation in particular is a lived process of creating meaningful work and in real-time, addressing the compositional and artistic challenges inherent therein. I’ve invested nearly a decade in nursing and anesthesia training so that I can support myself in continuing to pursue dance and hold a stable position as a leader in the dance improvisation community. I built a safe place for dance in my life because I value the way it effects me—the way it makes me a more insightful, kind, patient, humble, generous, and brave person—and I want to cultivate these attributes as part of an ongoing practice.

When asked to talk about her dance work…

I want people to see me dance and to see the people with whom I dance and to be less afraid of whatever it is in their experience keeps them from reaching out for what they wish to have/be/do/see/think/feel/know. We are surprising creatures, even to ourselves, if we can find ways out of our rote, unexamined behaviors and experience a kind of estrangement to our world and ourselves. We are perpetually in contact with information that presents the world in a certain way, and informs our senses of what to do with our time and energy (shop, rock out, be awesome, be entertained, eat, drink, work, etc). What if we could tune more directly into ourselves? What would our ambitions and habits looks like then? How would we spend our time? For a few hours a week during rehearsals and for a fleeting hour here and there in performance, I’m trying to create a alternative to “standard” reality; an alternative wherein we can answer the questions of what really matters and what really moves us. I think the effort in doing this is important because improvisation involves a kind of truth that we don’t get to tell each other everyday, or see everyday, but that gives us a sense of purpose and provides hope.

Kori and I are working on a new Project together, it’s called, “Sea↔Bus”. More to come soon…If you are interested in more of what Kori has done take a look at her

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