Mark Haim is creating "Parts of a Sum" (a dance solo)
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Sometimes I propose a choreographic assignment to my students: Save the world with your choreography. It is outlandish, impossible, unwieldy. Yet I still like to give it, witness their solutions, and ask myself, what would I do?

This is what I am doing:

Over the past year, I have asked 432 people to send me on video 5-10 seconds of movement. It can be anything they want, but should be movement with good intentions, perhaps for the future, for humanity, for the Earth. I asked people that I've known throughout my life and with whom I share memories and experiences. I also asked everyone individually, voice-to-voice. They range in age from 4 years old to 93 years old, and live in, or come from, over 40 countries.

Now that I have gathered all the contributors’ movements in the form of small video files, I am memorizing everyone’s movements to perform them from oldest to youngest. By my calculations, the solo should be approximately 45-50 minutes long. In addition, I will combine all the contributed films to create an accompanying film which follows the solo performance, from youngest to oldest.

How do we hold those we know and love in our bodies? How do we embody others? How does a soloist dance inter-connectedness? What does it feel like to see a printed program with over 400 names under the credits? How many people does it take to feel the enormity of our presence, here, on this planet, and the effects of our lives? I am curious to know, what does it feel like to learn and embody hundreds of movements by others? And what does that feel like to watch?

I am presenting this solo and film at the end of October, 2018 at the Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, as part of its Made In Seattle series. I am looking for patrons to help sponsor this endeavor so that I can pay my dancer (ME) for 6 months work, or to break it down, 400 hours of rehearsal at $25 per hour—a total of $10,000.


Sometimes I propose a choreographic assignment to my students: Save the world with your choreography. It is outlandish, impossible, unwieldy. Yet I still like to give it, witness their solutions, and ask myself, what would I do?

This is what I am doing:

Over the past year, I have asked 432 people to send me on video 5-10 seconds of movement. It can be anything they want, but should be movement with good intentions, perhaps for the future, for humanity, for the Earth. I asked people that I've known throughout my life and with whom I share memories and experiences. I also asked everyone individually, voice-to-voice. They range in age from 4 years old to 93 years old, and live in, or come from, over 40 countries.

Now that I have gathered all the contributors’ movements in the form of small video files, I am memorizing everyone’s movements to perform them from oldest to youngest. By my calculations, the solo should be approximately 45-50 minutes long. In addition, I will combine all the contributed films to create an accompanying film which follows the solo performance, from youngest to oldest.

How do we hold those we know and love in our bodies? How do we embody others? How does a soloist dance inter-connectedness? What does it feel like to see a printed program with over 400 names under the credits? How many people does it take to feel the enormity of our presence, here, on this planet, and the effects of our lives? I am curious to know, what does it feel like to learn and embody hundreds of movements by others? And what does that feel like to watch?

I am presenting this solo and film at the end of October, 2018 at the Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, as part of its Made In Seattle series. I am looking for patrons to help sponsor this endeavor so that I can pay my dancer (ME) for 6 months work, or to break it down, 400 hours of rehearsal at $25 per hour—a total of $10,000.


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