Our community of dancers, dance makers, writers, and innovators continues to grow. In the spirit of this artistic expansion, I’m pleased to introduce Dd’s newest contributor, Atlanta-based choreographer, dance educator, and writer Christen Weimer. I’ve known Christen since we were teenaged bunheads at Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance. She’s a creative, forward thinking individual, who has continued to pursue her passion for movement with an abundance of zeal and integrity. Christen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Dance from New York City’s Barnard College (Columbia University) and an MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School. She’s performed with Brooks & Company in Atlanta and Bodiography Contemporary Ballet in Pittsburgh, among others. Currently, she is a Professor of Contemporary Dance at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta.
1. ART: Performance or visual? What place does art have in your life?
CW: Both performance and visual art play vital roles in my life. Art is a reflection of humanity through the lens of a specific individual. When I choreograph, I am often drawn to a painting, piece of writing, lyrics or the rhythm of a song, photograph, structure of a building, or even facial expression or body gestures of a friend. I then allow my body to tell me where to go. Keeping an open mind and heart is the most important part of choreography.
2. CRAFT: Knit or Crochet or Other? What is your craftiest project to date?
CW: Good question. I don’t knit, crochet, or work on crafts per se, but I do write everyday. I’d like to
write a book or two before the time I’m 50…
3. DESIGN: Classical or modern? What designer or architect inspires you the most?
CW: Frank Llyod Wright
4. FOOD: Salty or sweet? Do you know how to make your favorite dish?
CW: Both. Dark chocolate with sea salt is one of my favorites. I also really like tomatoes, straight up with salt and olive oil.
5. THOUGHT: Fiction or Nonfiction? What form does the bulk of your own reading and/or writing take?
CW: Hmm well, at the moment I am reading a bit of prose, poetry, and a novel or two: Marcel Proust, Sylvia Plath, Thomas Merton, Jack Kerouac, and the Bible. My own writing is mostly free form or stream of consciousness.
6. FUN: Where in the world do you want to go or be stranded? What five things would be in your bag?
CW: I would like to be stranded on a beach in Australia or Fiji, or in a small village in the South of France. With regards to what would be in my bag: a record player and Otis Redding’s first album, a blank book so that I could record all that I experienced, a camera, a bottle of wine, and whatever book I was reading at the time.