Introducing 2016 Brighton Dance Festival Faculty member, Samuel Horning!
Washington D.C.-based Dance educator, choreographer and professional performer, Samuel Horning, will be joining the BDF faculty again this summer.
Check out this fun interview to learn a little more about Sam!
BDF: What are you working on these days professionally?
Sam: Dance artists are (sometimes begrudgingly) required to be experts in self promotion, financial planning, and schedule management. As much as I wish to “give up” everything else to be an artist, I simultaneously take on certain responsibilities for taking care of myself — physically, fiscally, and mentally. Through my experiences, I’ve found that I have to be my own self-motivator to compose the world around me; the world I want to exist. I’m working on that, on being part of the construction of that world. This type of building takes place in the dances I create, the relationships I create and maintain, and the research I employ.
BDF: Who has been a source of inspiration for you recently, either in your personal or professional life?
S: Truthfully and without vanity, I think I am my own inspiration lately. I recently graduated school at Wayne State University in Detroit and moved to Washington D.C.; a new city with a whole new identity. I’ve had plenty of time for self reflection during this heavy period of change and I have to say, I’m pretty damn excited about what I’ve accomplished as well as for what’s ahead. I did many, many things. I have built several relationships, made educated choices, and was open for the ride.
BDF: You're on a cross-country road trip and you can have 3 other passengers in the car. Who are they and where are you going?
S: Oh, hmm. I’m so tempted to say three people that I feel I would never have this opportunity with (Bjork and Matthew Barney are definitely on that list), but I simultaneously think that means I would have to be on my best behavior for 50+ hours and that sounds quite exhausting especially with the confinement of a small space, coupled with my tendency to have a fleeting attention span. Soooo, I’m going to pick my three siblings. I think our relationships could definitely flourish and be ignited with an extended period of time together.
BDF: If I'm taking your dance class, what can I expect to experience?
S: I often think about the relationship between composition and improvisation when I facilitate a class and I think a participant can expect both to be prevalent in my class. This could manifest in a series of technique assignments, in improvisational prompts, in compositional tools, or in other methods. I tend to simultaneously acknowledge and challenge traditional techniques of thinking, talking and learning about dance. I tend to ask participants to consider my class (and every class really) as research. I always emphasize process over product.
Thanks for the great interview Sam! We can't wait to have some fun with you again this summer at BDF!