Dances Made to Order

An Interview with Katherine Hodges

10/19/2012 by Kingsley Irons | Comment

Photo by Vanessa Filkins

Why are you interested in making dance film?

I love making work where I can manipulate place, time and perspective. Film brings so many possibilities to dance that simply cannot happen on a stage. This flexibility leads to unique dialogue with the viewer, and with a healthy dose of voyeurism they go on the journey with me.

What are you looking forward to about this project? What are you nervous about?

I’m excited to make a film with a few parameters given to me. I find that seeking out all options within certain boundaries leads me to unexpected and strange ideas, and I love staying in the moment by working quickly. I am nervous about the things I cannot control- will the weather cooperate, will the space I want to film in be available in the time frame (or will I get kicked out of it). Also I want to have enough time to settle on some truly great ideas, and make something I am excited by and that is fun to watch.

What is special about the Austin dance scene?

It is truly independent and a wide variety of choreographers create work here. At the same time, its small enough that most of us know each other, and support each other. I find I am constantly picking up projects with different groups of people, from many different backgrounds. The presence of so many amazing musicians and artists from other disciplines makes multi-disciplinary collaboration relatively easy, and there’s a vibrant art community here to be inspired by.

If we were going to spend the day with you hanging out in Austin, what would we do?

We would wake up early and go for a 2-3 mile hike on the greenbelt, which is this great nature preserve that runs from the heart of town into the hills. There is a place far in where the water is always following across this natural limestone shelf into a deep pool, surrounded right now by wildflowers of course. It’s gorgeous, wild and deserted, and I love to swim there. Then, we would have to eat breakfast tacos or migas, since we’d worked up a huge appetite. We might wonder around East Austin to some art galleries, or hang out at one of the local coffee shops, and probably take a nap. Because I would definitely want to go out that night, as there is always an interesting theater production, film screening and/or new music scene to enjoy, and we might end up dancing the night away in someone’s backyard around a campfire. This is really my life some days, and I can’t complain.

What is your favorite drink and where do you get it?

Corpse Reviver # 2 at East Side Showroom, lemon, Lillet, gin, orange liquor and a splash of absinthe. Perfect vintage ambiance and best craft cocktails in town, no they did not pay me to say this. Yes, maybe mixology is a hobby of mine.

Tell us something surprising about yourself.

I hold a degree in Biochemistry from a prestigious University, but my true and forever passion is dance. It took me well into my 20s the realize that, and once I did life started to make more sense.

Katherine is one of the artists creating a dance film for the Austin edition of Dances Made to Order. Select the ideas that will inspire our artists’ work  from October 17 through October 25 at midnight and pre-order your tickets for the online premiere. Visit our home page to sign up and pre-order your tickets for the online premiere on November 14. “Like” us on Facebook or follow us twitter for special discounts and giveaways.