This month, we got a chance to hear from Stephanie Rae King. See her piece THIS SUNDAY at WAXworks!
WAXstaff (WS): If you could only use three words to describe your work, what would they be?Stephanie Rae King (SRK): Love yourself wholly
WS: What part of the creative process do you find most challenging? What do you feel comes easily?
SRK: I find solos to be the most challenging because there is no relying on the composition and visual excitement that comes with a group piece. It's just one body, commanding the presence of the stage and attempting to move the audience. I find choreographing group pieces to come more natural to me, as I enjoy the problem solving involved in structuring a piece with multiple dancers.
WS: Where do you find inspiration for your work? Or what motivates your work?
SRK: I find inspiration for my work most often in life experiences. My passion for creating is what motivates my work, whether it's the thrill of performing and telling a story to the audience as a dancer, or choreographing and watching my dancers tell the story from the audience perspective. It is all very rewarding and satisfying, which leaves me with the desire to never stop. My hope is to move the audience, allow for them to think in ways they haven't before, or simply spark an emotion in their hearts.
WS: What specific ideas or elements in your work would you hope to receive feedback on?
SRK: I hope to receive unbiased feedback on my technique, performance quality as a soloist, choreographic material, and how I was able to capture the audience's attention. There is a spiritual nature to my piece, but I hope to receive that feedback even from non-Christian audience members. I will love and accept feedback from everyone, regardless of differences in beliefs!
WS: What goals do you have for your creative work?
SRK: I have presented this piece many times, so I plan to put it to rest after this show unless there are artists/audience members who suggest/would want to see it again! If anyone wants to see the piece expanded upon, I would love to hear that feedback as well.
WS: Where can we find more information about your work and upcoming projects?
SRK: firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: Stephanie Rae King, @stephanie__rae (two underscores)
WS: Anything else you'd like to share?
SRK: A gracious thank you for allowing me to share my work with you.