Keely Garfield: Stories I Tell Myself About Making “WOW”
December 10, 2014
“Choreography is a vehicle for dancing. I don’t care about beginnings, middles and ends necessarily. I like things that are too long and lopsided. Structures should be interrupted. Phrases are convenient and can be found on many grocery aisles. Everything can be included. The opposite choice is also valid. Good dances and bad dances do not exist.
I am in the same room as you. I can see you. The light spills over. You are sitting mostly, I am moving mostly. It could be said that we are all in this together. I notice air currents around me and inside, patches of coolness, patches of warmth. I do things I don’t know how to do. All balance is an exchange between falling and catching. Both actions are. I start each moment where I left off. Sometimes I begin again. Sometimes I stop. Eventually I stop. The dance may be felt to continue.”
“What is achieved by depending on one’s ability is so uncertain that we cannot regard it with any satisfaction. Only sincerity can accomplish an enterprise.”
– Saigo Takamori – the last true Samurai.
“In beginning to make WOW, I started thinking about what it would be like to make something that was entirely sincere without a hint of irony or cleverness. The John Stalwarts of late night television make jokes about serious stuff and we laugh and play along, and we are sure that we are part of the cure and not the cause, and so to bed. Parody and pointing to things obscure the thing as much as they try to expose it. Meanwhile schoolgirls are missing, guns go off, resources are hoarded, and the world heats up – What is our sincerely held hope for each other, for the whole planet? Our good hearts desire more, but we are made powerless by puns, and our powerlessness is what we feel instead of the gravity of our situations. Cynicism has seeped into our tissues, alongside skepticism and scorn. Let us sink to the bottom of our hearts and proceed from there.”
– Keely Garfield