Dances Made to Order

An interview with Kathy Dunn Hamrick

10/22/2012 by Kingsley Irons | Comment

Photo by: Kevin Gliner

Why are you interested in making dance film?

Dance has so much going on at one time and often has a constantly shifting focal point, so each viewer receives an individual, personalized experience. I’m curious to see if I can provide the viewer a chance to see exactly what I see – intricate handholds, delicate gestures, slowly extending knees – when I watch one of my dances being performed. Speaking of which, I often watch my dances by practically standing in the space itself, moving from the front, to the diagonals, the sides and the back. I like to be so close that I sometimes get in the way. I’d like to see if I can provide these, and other, perspectives that sometimes get lost on stage on film.

What are you looking forward to about the Dances Made to Order project? What are you nervous about?

I’m 52 years old, and I’ve created a lot of dances that will never again be seen. I’m okay with that. In fact, I’m not that interested in the things I’ve made in the past, only in the things I have yet to make. However, would it be nice to know that something I’ve made will outlast me? I don’t know. This project will give me an opportunity to find out. So I’m nervous that I won’t like it – and it will outlast me. Boo.

What is special about the Austin dance scene?

The fact that there is an Austin dance scene in spite of the lack of affordable performance spaces, money for new projects, individual philanthropy, and organizational support is freaking amazing. This is a DIY town as far as dance goes. And yet we’re doing it. I think that says a lot for Austin dancers.

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

I’d go on an early morning hike with my dog and my dog-walking friends on one of our neighborhood greenbelts, get some breakfast tacos with my husband at Counter Café and then go to a movie at Violet Crown Cinema. I’d probably have a cup of tea at home and work on the Times crossword and/or watch a little t.v. before my final act of the day – another dog walk.

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

Lord help me I love diet coke and allow myself two a week. I don’t even mix it with anything. I drink it straight up.

Tell us something surprising about yourself.

I watch football.

Kathy 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.