ADRIEN

PADILLA

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DANCE   &   PHOTOGRAPHY

ARTIST STATEMENT

      When I have trouble expressing my experiences through words, I go to movement and allow myself to become vulnerable to my audience and myself in order to rebuild myself. As a choreographer, my works are inspired by a sense of pathos and storytelling. Most of my dances are inspired by an emotion, a memory, or an experience that has impacted me. In many cases, my work process acts as my own movement therapy. My dances consist of components that allow me to heal/reflect on those specific moments of my past; this is my way of expressing who I am within each chapter of my life. I see my dances as existing in the real world, as they reflect on emotions and experience people can relate to themselves. As long as my audience is able to experience an emotion or channel a similar experience while watching my choreography, I would say I have done my job as an artist.

      Within the creative process of making a dance, I am open to learning new methods and different approaches. However, my movement vocabulary is based on the ebb and flow of the body, allowing momentum to continuously move throughout space and explore movement. I enjoy working in a collaborative process with my dancers, learning how through their own movement vocabulary, I am able to build upon my own choreography while allowing the dancer to move in something familiar to their body yet also different through manipulating the movement.

      Aside from dance expressing my artistry and being, I use photography as another mean of presenting myself.  My approach through the lens allows me to illustrate my interest of pathos and storytelling conceptually. Since photography is still, I am challenged with developing my idea in one gesture as opposed to dance. Similar to dance, I use photography as a way of healing and as a way of healing, of morning away from the past. Dance and photography both contain qualities of movement, story, and emotion. I appreciate these two art forms and how they allow me to channel my opinions, feelings, and insecurities when words cannot.