Podcaster Matthan Black and Hope Littwin discuss her debut album, Husk. Topics include the album, the recording process, her love of Mozart and Bach, and having the guts to do your own thing. Husk is live on iTunes and CDbaby.

 

Bohemian Riot Magazine Interview

By Bohoriotmag | October 27, 2016

The music for Cask is all original. This year you worked on the music with musical composer, Hope Littwin. What is the process of melding the music with the experience like? 

"I love working with Hope. She creates some of the most influential sounds of my soul – and this is our third project creating together. We have a method in our creation process now.

First, we talk … just two girls talking about thoughts and stories of our experiences that connect to the concept of the dance. I don’t tell her an instrument or tempo even. I tell her how I feel, how the movement feels, how the story feels. And she creates the audio vision.

 
Photo by Christin Paige Minnotte

Photo by Christin Paige Minnotte

Once she feels that she understands where my heart is with the piece she sits with that for a bit creating different sounds that bring that feeling to life.we have a very intuitive connection – which is why we have worked together on three projects.

Then I begin creation with the choreography. I create the dance to no music – from beginning to end. But I do record every rehearsal and send her the video so she can watch it and compose the music to what she is seeing. She has complete freedom to create whatever she hears. She’s a brilliant woman and I trust her completely. I also like this because it’s a layer to the show that gives it new life toward the end of the rehearsal process.

In fact – the dancers [have] only done the dance to the music a few times a couple of days before the show. It’s really exciting — it’s my favorite part “waiting to hear what Hope has created”. I’m so incredibly grateful for her and her gift."


Miami choreographer Marissa Alma Nick is a storyteller. Her company Alma Dance Theater brings a particularly female inner world to the stage, through lush and sensual choreography. We spoke with Nick about Flowers for Spring, and its meaning for her personally.

Can you talk a little bit about the feminine aspect of this piece?

The femininity of it, the graceful beauty, there’s kind of a sensuality in Abuela Maria. I’m wearing one of her nightgowns actually, that she brought from Cuba. She was a very sensual woman, and was a nightlife woman. She loved hosting big parties at the Tropicana and things like that. So that comes out. And I wanted to explore what it must be like at that age. I’m not there yet but I can imagine, me, now, I love being a woman and part of that is because of the way I express my sensuality. And I think part of the … I don’t know if discomfort is the word, but the feeling of losing yourself as you get older, I feel like a big part of that for women is feeling the loss of their sexual nature or sensual nature.

 
Photo by Elijah Peck

Photo by Elijah Peck