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Meet Erica Buechner

Q & A with choreographer Erica Buechner about her new work for Hot Guys Dancing.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about your background and training?

I have trained and performed in San Diego for close to 20 years, with the fortune of working with most local modern dance companies and several individual artists. I have been making dances for over 10 years. I recently received my MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Getting my Master’s has opened up my artistic perspectives in amazing new ways. It was well worth the time, and money, and loans, and sleepless nights, and tears, and…

  1. What is your process when you are making a new work?

I would have to say that my process starts with getting curious about a concept; some idea that I would like to see explored through movement. I try not to limit my ideas in any way, such as music, movement vocabulary, theatrical elements, etc. As I create, I continually ask myself, “What is needed for this dance,” not questions like, “What would I like to see,” or “What do I think others would want to see?” Then I have to just trust that something will come into fruition. It usually does.

  1. Can you tell us about your work for HGD? What is it about?

For this piece I am working with the concept of viewer vs. voyeur. As viewers of dance, we love to watch intimate, sensual duets that spark our desires for touch and closeness. My question is what happens when a third eye is placed on stage with the duet? Does our perception of viewer change to voyeur?

  1. What other performances do you have coming up?

After not performing much since 2010, I am actually performing a lot in the spring. I will be dancing for Patricia Sandback, Lara Segura, Jane Blount, Yolande Snaith, George Willis, and Alicia Peterson Baskel. I will also be producing youTurn 2015, which is looking like it will be an amazing show! It is our five year anniversary of youTurn and we are pulling out all stops. If you are interested in these performances, you can check out ericabuechner.com, sandiegodanceconnect.org, and youturnarts.com for more details.

 

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