Premiered: Love Stories – 2014
Performed: Chris Coates Mitchell & Andrea Ekmark
Last Thursday, Jeremy & I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary! In honor of him & our relationship, I introduce Your Song – a piece I created in 2014 directly from the words of our vows. When writing our vows, we wanted to understand each other and agree to continue to help each other on our personal journey to be our best. You can view our full vows below 🙂
A couple things to watch for:
- The dancers will stack their hands almost as if they are holding a small delicate bird. This represents the care & gentleness that is required for a relationship to grow.
- You’ll see the dancers step forward & then side. That’s my representation of “Jeremy, do you take Charlotte” & vice versa
- During the chorus, you’ll see one dancer performing large movements & the other performing a light echo. This is meant to show acceptance & understanding of each other.
- Finally, they perform together, sealing their commitment to each other.
Each movement after the walks forward and side was created directly from the words below. To do that, I try to create a movement that embodies the emotion behind the word or phrase. This allows the audience to connect directly by seeing a visual “sentence”.
Fun Fact: Chris Coates has been my best friend for over 30 years & he was an important part of our wedding. He lives in NYC now so it was extra special for him to perform with SIDEWAYS.
Jeremy, do you take Charlotte, in all her gentleness and sensitivity, for her warm heart and understanding of you and your philosophy, for her search for truth and goodness and her recognition of falseness and evil, and for her courage to embark along new and untried paths as conscience and necessity demands? Do you take her not only for these, but also in laughter and tears, in health and illness, in success and failure, in conflict and tranquility, in doubt and trust as your wife and equal?
Charlotte, do you take Jeremy, for his discernment of truth in the face of discouragement, his pursuit of a simple life amid worldly distractions, his strength to follow the course his judgment dictates, and his deep love of his fellow man?
Do you take him not only for these, but also in laughter and tears, in health and illness, in success and failure, in conflict and tranquility, in doubt and trust as your husband and equal?
I hope you enjoy this light & happy way to start the week:
PS Next week, I’ll share the best way to get me to do ANYTHING & why that matters in my choreography.