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In Conversation with Lucy Dillon

PUSH Dance Company is proud to present choreography by Lucy Dillon on Wednesday October 28, 2020 LIVE at 6 PM. Photos by Brian McDonnell 

This Fall, join us for PUSHfest Global, our virtual dance festival featuring 18 choreographers from the Bay Area and beyond. From October 7 through November 18, each Wednesday evening at 6 PM meet a new group of PUSHfest Artists for dynamic conversations about dance and activism.| Tickets & More Here

Tell us a little bit about your dance background.
I grew up in San Mateo, and began dancing at my local studio. I later went to UC Irvine where I received my B.F.A. in Dance Performance. I danced with Polaris Dance Theater after college, and now dance, teach, and choreograph in the Bay Area.

What can audiences look forward to seeing in your work at PUSHfest?
My piece plays with qualities of free float and tethered. I aimed to capture the seasick, restless, hopeful quality of being unbounded and contrast that with the security and limitations of being grounded. While creating the piece, these contrasting movement ideas paralleled the feelings I had about identity and community.

What are the major sources of inspiration for your choreography? What are you curious about?
I am curious about gender, identity, community, and the onstage empathy between performing artists. The experience of dancing with others is one of my greatest sources of inspiration, and while creating one of my biggest goals is to create work that will be empowering to dance. I want the dancers who I perform with to feel that the choreography honors and sees their experience.

What does your work respond to or activate within this world or yourself?
Within myself, my choreography activates my desire to share and connect. Within the world, my choreography responds to as many experiences as I can process.

What advice would you pass on to an aspiring choreographer?
I read Twyla Tharp’s book “The Creative Habit” in high school (thanks to my wonderful high school dance teacher). The idea that diligence, patterns, and routine are essential to creativity is still one of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a choreographer. My advice is not to wait for a muse or an inspiration, but to just make work. To me, the act of creating itself breeds creativity.

Learn more:
instagram: @lucyy_dillon

Lucy Dillon is a Bay Area based dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Lucy graduated from UC Irvine with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. She is a founding member of The Collective SF, and has presented her choreography across multiple Bay Area venues.