The price of independence

The last 2 years I have doggedly fulfilled a couple of my artistic aims: the documentary film (Nothing but bones in the way) and the new solo show (Cabin Fever). Great artistic results and accolades with 2 awards, 2 nominations, 4 outstanding reviews and much positive audience feedback.

It has cost me around $10,000 and that doesn’t include any artist fees for myself (performance or rehearsal) or for my composer and photographers.

But I do it because I must—
I must listen to my creative voice
I must have control of my creative vision
I must make work that is unusual and hard to market
I must engage with audience intimately (in small numbers)
I must challenge perceptions of what a dance artist looks like and says

But I love my independence

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in the moment
I'm noticing
I'm working with what I'm noticing
a form emerges

Nothing But Bones In The Way - Trailer :: Dianne Reid and Melinda Smith 2018