/Profile by Mitchell Colley, Mothership LA/
We checked in with Genevieve Carson of LA Contemporary Dance Company, to talk about her breakout piece for LAX, unadult. The LA-based choreographer delves in to the fearfulness that adolescence brings, making dance in Los Angeles, and what’s around the corner.
You’ve chosen to explore the years between girlhood adolescence and womanhood. what drew you to the subject?
Women are fascinating. We experience a myriad of confusing transitions and milestones throughout our lives while feeling constant pressure from society and each other to be extremely poised and graceful through the jumbled absurdity of it all. I think adolescence for women can be frightening, messy and inexplicably shameful. There is this weird, unspoken expectation of emerging from the mess as a young “woman”. That title carries so much weight. It’s quite maddening. The older I get, the more I recognize my younger self as the core of who I genuinely am as a human. In a lot of ways, this piece is a memorial to the girl that once existed (for all women) and a reminder to let her still follow in our shadows.
What excites you about making dance in L.A.?
The L.A. dance scene is completely underestimated in other parts of the country. There is a stigma that nothing is happening here, when in fact, everything is happening here. It’s exciting to be in the midst of a living, growing dance culture full of self starters and boundary pushers. L.A. dance reflects it’s city. Never predictable, rapidly growing, cutting edge and full of soul. It’s an exciting time for L.A. dance right now and I am very proud to call myself a part of it.
If you had to describe unadult in 3 adjectives, which would you choose?
Wild, Honest, Delicate…and Manic. Sorry, that’s 4.
Have you always felt the most comfortable working in contemporary styles?
I grew up in a small town in Alaska with no roads out of it. Dance has always been my passion since I was young, however, there were not many options for me growing up, so I got involved with what was happening at the time. I started as a competitive Scottish highland dancer and later found hip hop, which became my first dance love. Once I began to study more styles in college, I had a strong connection with modern. My true love is now contemporary because I can merge all of the dance styles I have grown to love into my own movement voice. The possibilities in contemporary are endless simply because it really has no definition. I love creating with an unlimited vocabulary.
In 2016, you will take on a new chapter as L.A. Contemporary Dance Company’s Artistic Director. What are you most excited for?
Yes, I am currently grasping the reality of this new role and all it has to offer and challenge me with. I’m excited for so many things. I can’t wait to create and be in process with the gorgeous dancers of the company (who are also people I enjoy just being around). I am excited to bring in other Los Angeles choreographers who will challenge us to tackle new processes and movement vocabularies. I’m excited to let Kate Hutter’s work live and breathe in the company through the beautiful repertory she created during her Artistic Director term. I’m excited to reach new audiences and continue moving onward and upwards into the future.
Catch unadult Saturday, October 17th at 7:30pm and Sunday October 18th at 4:30pm at the Bootleg Theatre, 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Genevieve Carson is a native of Juneau, Alaska. She graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University. She has presented work at the LA Dance Invitational,ACDF, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, The Mall of Asia Arena, Firefly Music Festival, the Standard Hotel, Palm Springs Repertoire Theater, Highways Performance Space, The Electric Lodge, LA Convention Center, and The Alex Theater. Choreography credits include theSuperbowl with Earth Harp Collective, a tour for Foster the People, Official Cannes Film Festival Selection “Woman In Fragments”, “The Series” at the Standard Hotel, and Comedy Central’s “The Eric Andre Show, “The Kroll Show” and “Jon Benjamin Has a Van”. Additionally, Ms. Carson has set works on Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company and the UCSB Dance Company. Ms. Carson has had the honor of performing for LACDC, Pappas and Dancers, AXIOM, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, The Big Show Company, and String Theory Productions. Other credits include the Emmys, BENCH, Samsung, and music videos for Blood Orange, Beni, ClaudiaPavel, Jessie J and Saint Motel. Genevieve is on faculty at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). In 2016, she will start her first season as the newly appointed Artistic Director of LA Contemporary Dance Company.