Choosing dancers to work with, either in the company setting or on special larger projects has always been a complicated venture. I am envious of the choreographers and directors that can choose artists to work with quickly. It seems more humane than the longer, extended periods that I need to make informed decisions. The work that I create and the method of discovery needed to reveal each dance is complex. So for me, the process of locating collaborators/interpreters/dancers of this world needs to take time and tremendous consideration. I am always asked how I choose dancers. Most particularly, what distinguishes one dancer from another in my mind? I am not sure that there is clear answer beyond instinct.
Subconsciously, I ask myself a list of questions when I am looking at dancers and considering working with them: