What about JGPG caught your attention?
So many things. I was really drawn to the depth and the skill of the performers and the fact that they opened their mouths and spoke and sang appealed to me. They became more knowable, more dimensional—each bringing something different to the table. I was drawn to the intelligence and irreverent humor in the work.
What made you start dancing?
I was a very physical kid always attempting acrobatic tricks on the lawn but what got me into dance class was my sister. I literally followed her to ballet class. Once I got in the door I was encouraged to continue and the combination of praise the enjoyment of movement was very satisfying. But even from the beginning I always kept doing other types of movement—I played a lot of sports—so I was never molded into moving exclusively as a ballerina.
What keeps you wanting to do the work at JGPG?
I love seeing the world through the prism of Joe’s brain. The promise of each new project is intoxicating. There’s really nothing that I’ve found that can replace the focus and the thrill of creating a new work and performing it. I love creating a little virtual landscape together and each day we define it more as the piece takes on a shape. Remembering lines, remembering movement phrases, remembering details of placement in space, and remembering emotional texture…it’s all so specific. We live in it and navigate through it together and then it gone. And then we start all over again.
What is the most enjoyable part of Joe’s process? What’s the most challenging part?
Not knowing where we’re going, but trusting that we’ll get there.
How do you keep yourself in it? Poetics Of Space is a long run. With so many shows, how do you keep it fresh and real for yourself?
Joe changes the work and edits it along the way. Going back to a state of not knowing what it is all about…that moment of discovery, and if you can’t find it, you create a situation that disrupts the pattern a bit.
For Poetics of Space, it is a different makeup of people in the room, a different space, and a different starting point. What has it been like for you so far?
It’s funny because a lot of the variables are new but dipping back into the process is like coming home for me. Familiar internal voices of excitement and judgment and exercises given to stretch each performer. I love this group of people—I feel like I can take some risks with them…there are some old friends and some new faces too and each group has its own distinct chemistry. So far working this project has been very fulfilling.
Is there a place that you go, or a thing that you do outside of the studio that gives you a source of inspiration or perspective?
There is a long list of things that inspire me and bring me to a state of equilibrium. Spending time outdoors, spending time with my extended family, going to yoga or dance class or a contact jam—anything that locates me in my body. I love to do visual art. I love hunting for treasures in a thrift store. I’m always going to the public library. I love a good movie or a play.
Make sure to catch a glimpse of Marit this month in Poetics Of Space!