Editor’s note: Atlanta’s artists face uncertainty in this age of coronavirus. To help us all connect, we offer this new series: “In Our Own Words.” In each post, an artist will share their experience, strength and hope as they navigate a new normal.
Before all this was happening I was in need of a sabbatical, to be still and reevaluate. Since 2008 it’s been go, go, go and innovate, innovate, innovate and I was definitely wanting a sabbatical. I didn’t expect it to be this traumatic. I had just celebrated our first one-year operation of The Movement Lab, a multidisciplinary incubation space, so we were coming down from that. I rehearse there — I also rent it out to other entrepreneurs — and right now the business is on pause. I was expanding a work of mine and brainstorming with my collaborators and doing lots of writing and research. All of this is on pause. But it doesn’t feel like it’s stopped. I am still processing in a different way.
I am an associate professor at Spelman College. We are working remotely online with our students. All the faculty adjusted syllabi, trying to do our part in keeping a normal space for students. Spelman set up (the technology) to be as seamless as possible. It’s very active and communicative. Will it work or not? Right now it’s a full-on improv experience, something we need to get comfortable with. The majority of us were already working digitally, using technology in our classes, but it’s a different experience to teach a dance technique class online. It changes the whole expectation of teaching.
I am very thankful for this moment of global pause, a reset, having this moment to be still. Everyone is making offerings to the earth, which is very wise and beautiful. I am really curious to think about how Mother Nature has been showing us signs and some have paid attention and some have not. Right now I am driving to this beautiful park to take a walk. It’s tucked away in a woodsy neighborhood and it’s where I go to brainstorm.
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