Coco Loupe Presents Performance of Giving an Artist Talk
With discarded research statements, love poems to her body, a story about compositional insights gained from stacking avocados and notes from the field, CoCo Loupe, the Department of Dance Vail Artist-in-Residence, will practice the performance of giving an artist’s talk.
Loupe’s research is “based on and in the thinking body. It is bolstered and informed by external information, but it begins and ends with the moving body – its languages, and its affect(s) in space and time. ” For her, making dances is a compulsion rather than a passion. She often states “I do not like to make dances. However, out of an obsession with movement, I make them. I make them and I worry about them, think about them constantly, make them again, continue to see them, or forget about them and start making another one. Regardless, I’m always mystified that the dances I make hardly ever look and feel like the dances I think I would like to make – they look like how I think about making dances.”
CoCo is currently attempting to be as prolific as possible by creating a new work each month for a year with her collaborator, Mina Estrada and their Baton Rouge-based movement group, CKA: currently known as.
Loupe’s artistic statement has been the same for years and for her, it continues to hold daily truths.
“When there is everything else in the world to do…make a dance…make conversation…make someone happy…make art…make money…make something…create something excellent and good…and then do it all over again.”