Life between Barbados and New York City
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Barbados, and then I returned to NYC. Shortly after I started ballet classes with Eliot Feld’s New Ballet School, now known as Ballet Tech. It’s a program that gives students from the five boroughs of NYC opportunities to learn ballet tuition-free. I started when I was about eight and I began professionally at twenty-one years old with a company in Spain. I am thirty-eight now so...it’s been a while.
On the physical art of movement, and the ‘gaga technique’
The gaga technique is a method created by Ohad Naharin. It’s a movement research and language created by him, and his dancers must’ve been a big influence as to how he develops it. Sharon [Eyal] worked in this method while she was a dancer and continues to work in that way as she choreographs. Meeting Sharon has inspired me to start a journey of wanting to redevelop the way I work and perform; she has a very unique way of approaching movement.
Discovering his own body and physicality through gaga
I am in the beginning of discovery. Gaga is making me question past experience as a dancer and performer. I have noticed my approach might be too academic and not individual enough. Learning new things are always a challenge. It is also a very vulnerable proces, doing it at the same time I am performing, but you only learn on stage. The other performers who are more experienced with gaga and L-E-V have been very generous sharing choreographic information and research that will help my interpretation along the way.