Erinn Liebhard

Hiya, y’all! Sorry about the wait; these were supposed to go up yesterday, but then central Illinois decided to have an ice-storm and the power went down. The good news is  that I returned to my mailbox to find a lot of replies, so I’ll get them up lickety-split.

First off, I hope you’ll welcome a first-time Patrick’s performer, Erinn Liebhard! A regular performer with the jazz dance company Eclectic Edge Ensemble, the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, and various pick-up projects, Erinn just came off of co-producing, choreographing, and dancing in Rhythmically Speaking.  A sold-out jazz choreographer’s collective show held at Minneapolis’ Bedlam Theatre in August 2009, Rhythmically Speaking was “an answer to the quiet but persistent call to get some quality jazz choreography out on the stage in the Twin Cities once more” after the disbanding of JAZZDANCE in 2004. Erinn was enthusiastic about the result, saying that it was “definitely a highlight of my career thus far!” and that there are plans for a similar show in May. Keep your eyes out!

Liebhard also just spent a year studying with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary, Canada, an experience she described as “Incredible. Six hours of dance class a day, almost all jazz or jazz-related styles. I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the dance I love, perform it full time for a couple weeks, and learned a lot about myself as an artist.” She found it hard to leave, but “I don’t write border laws.”

This weekend she will be performing her piece, ‘Cautious Conscience,’ about the relief of sharing what is cooped up inside. The inspiration for the piece came to Erinn when, after a year of warring with herself, she decided to stop keeping a certain secret from someone very important to her. Even though she it was a minor, unimportant secret, the year was very difficult for her, and letting it out made her feel worlds better. Intrigued by these emotions, she decided to explore them through creating choreography, “my favorite response to anything!” She found the content first, and then happened upon a song that spoke to that idea and to her desire to move, so she used to song as a map for her exploration. Along the way, to develop a deeper concept and connection for her perfomers, she also came up with a series of related questions that they wrote and talked about, “using personal experiences as fuel.”

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