Rehearsal footage curtesy of Ken Harrifold, Zui Gomez, and Brooke Kuhl
My process begins in a space that is supportive, interactive, respectful, and inviting. My works revolve around honest human emotions and experiences. The dancers have a huge impact on my creative process, from their physical capabilities to their emotional investment. I witness human beings digging deeper within their physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional selves as they are moving their bodies in supernatural ways. I seek to highlight their strengths and challenge them to push past their personal limitations, to reach the brink of impossibilities.
I direct with different modalities to provoke vulnerability and encourage dancers to relish within their insecurities, to explore deeper within a process. I encourage each dancer to contribute their unique self, style, emotions, and imagination. Prevalent schematic themes that are congruent between works include gesture, repetition, and improvisation.
Things are never what I initially envision, they are ever-changing and ever-evolving. That is a beautiful thing. The chemistry and personal relationships of those I work with are imperative to what a piece morphs into. I encourage themes to be exploited and to continuously innovate!
"An Evening of Work with Nathaniel Hunt" - April 18th, 2018
Up-and-coming choreographer, Nathaniel Hunt shares a culminating program from a collective of communities, unified in this evening to perform his works. A diverse repertoire welcomes you into a personal lens of raw and honest entries, from Nathaniel’s diary transformed into movement. “Experiences may be different but feelings are the same.” Follow Nathaniel’s footprint through an exploration of moments, some personal insecurities, his reaction to the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub, recurring feelings of rejection, and a physical representation of what meditation means to him. These works share congruent themes of vulnerability, struggle balancing strength, and connectivity. This compilation is only the first series among what is sure to become a lifetime of accumulated entries, to transcend audiences on an invigorating journey.
*Guest appearances by dancers of Company XIV, Parsons Dance, Sean Curran Company, and previous members of Ailey II
“As days turn into nights and life goes on, I learn more about myself from the time that has passed. I am fortunate that the following of dancers who want to work with me has grown tremendously since my very first choreographed work of my professional career. I owe a lot of who I am to the people who have been in my processes. Their passion, vulnerability, strength, technique, physicality, and fearlessness has challenged me in more ways than I could ever imagine. They push me to create something deeper and richer. So to all of those collaborators, I send a huge "thank you" to you all.”