Out Loud premiered in 2009 as part of COEXIST. Originally performed by 2 female and 1 male, the dance presented several unrequited love relationships, with each dancer pining away for the dancer downstage (closer to the audience) of them. Over the years, the intention has morphed into a more positive message and a demonstration of friendship. Each dancer is supported by the other dancers, even though they don’t make eye-contact or acknowledge each other.
This level of friendship is tremendous and special. We’d all love to be totally supported even if we are unaware of those people helping us. Hopefully, this message brings peace to those who feel isolated and may be struggling with depression.
You are not alone. People are rooting for you, even if you haven’t discovered them yet.
To give Out Loud an intimate feel, I developed a dance language. One movement was designed for each word in the lyrics and then connected together to mirror the lyrics. Because the lyrics repeat, the movements also repeat. See if you can identify the dance language in the video below.
(Hint: The movement for “Name” is a great place to start if you need a little more help. Watch what happens when “name” is sung. It’s repeated over and over throughout the dance.)
With the unique dance language, the dancers connect directly with the music and perform as if they were speaking or singing the lyrics themselves.
In writing this, I am reminded of the people who lifted me up without my asking and who have never abandoned me. Thank you for being extraordinary friends! Share this video with your friends to show them how much you appreciate them.
“Would you call my name ‘cause you know I’d come running if you call my name out loud” -Dispatch