I Give Myself (2018)

I Give Myself (2018)

As the winner of the REGALIA choreographer competition in 2018, Bryn Cohn was awarded the coveted prize of creating a new work for RDT during the 2018-2019 season. In December of 2018, Cohn worked with RDT dancers to create this brand new commission that premiered in Salt Lake City during VOICES, April 11-13, 2019.

Tune in to the video below to hear more about her choreographic process & aesthetic, what it was like working with RDT and the inspiration behind her work, I Give Myself.

I Give Myself

Choreography by Bryn Cohn

Music by Michael Wall

Performance by Jaclyn Brown, Lauren Curley, Daniel Do, Efren Corado Garcia, Daniel Higgins, Elle Johansen, Tyler Orcutt, Ursula Perry

Reflection Questions…

  • Did you see the dancers working as a community or as individuals? What made you feel that way?
  • How did the music change the mood of the piece?
  • How did the proximity of the dancers to one another change the mood
  • What relation do you think the title has to the piece?
  • Does listening to the interview with Bryn change your opinion? Why?

About Bryn…

We Are CalArts – Bryn Cohn

Described as having “a brilliant mind…people want to see more” (The Dance Enthusiast), Bryn Cohn is an award-winning choreographer, educator, scholar and movement consultant. She has choreographed five evening-length works and over thirty repertory works on BC + A since its inception as well as commercial projects. She was nominated for a Princess Grace Fellowship as the winner of REGALIA, a choreographic competition on Repertory Dance Theatre. Cohn was selected by Robert Battle to participate in the New Directions Choreography Lab at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a creative residency supported by the Ford Foundation.

She has been commissioned to create works for BalletCollective, Milwaukee Ballet, Smartwater, Louis Vuitton, The Ailey School, Repertory Dance Theatre, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance (SYTYCD), Minnesota State University, Mankato, The Big Muddy Dance Company, Jacksonville Dance Theatre, University at Buffalo, Grand Valley State University, California State University, Fullerton, Pushing Progress, Bates College, Texas Christian University, Stockton University, the fashion designer Betsey Johnson and Youth America Grand Prix.

Her work Viewpoint was selected for the gala concert at the American College Dance Association in 2019. She has been on faculty at AMDA, Studio School, Peridance Capezio Center, Los Angeles Ballet and Loyola Marymount University. She directed the modern department at Greenwich Ballet Academy where her students received scholarships to Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, the Joffrey School and Ellison Ballet through competing in her work in YAGP.

YOU CAN DISCOVER MORE ABOUT BRYN COHN BY VISITING BRYN COHN + ARTISTS HERE. BRYN ALSO HAS A WONDERFUL LIBRARY OF DANCE ON VIMEO – YOU CAN ACCESS IT HERE.