The Heroine’s Journey of Becca Loevy

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love when my work stops becoming only my own. Right now, I am working in collaboration with a film and dance maker on a solo short film. The most inspiring and provoking moments thus far have been in congruence with her and with others that happen to join the space momentarily. My work is especially alive when performed, when shared with others.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? This past year I battled a lot with this question. I tried many ways to find a perfect balance of work/play, of exhaustion/boredom, of stillness/movement. What I found was that there really is no “perfect” balance, or perfect happiness. Happiness comes somewhat fleetingly and is best when it’s messy and not held on to. Nonetheless, I do feel that I am currently undertaking a slow and beautiful process of incorporating joy underneath even struggling situations and the best process I have found for this is surrendering to constant change.
What is my greatest fear? Purposelessness
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? When I slip into believing that things only work if it’s all or nothing
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Ima Tenko, a Butoh performer based in Kyoto. I deeply admire my early 20s’ friends as we all battle with the difficulty of dance as a profession. Each has provided a different approach to this struggle, and I am so grateful to see each way and (the best part) accept them all as good.
What is my greatest extravagance? A creative drive that exists so gallantly that even my own ego can’t stop this energy from flowing through and making all types of relevant art.
On what occasion would I lie? To promote love and kindness
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? When I perceive it as selfish or when I simply perceive myself negatively in it.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? The most happiness I can express was during a piece I created in 2015 at NYU. My dancers had practiced with water; however, the piece involved spilling milk. It wasn’t until the performance (a one-time performance that was never to happen again), that I not only got to watch them spill milk all over the stage and themselves, but I got to experience it with an audience that reacted with laughter, and shock, and hysteria. I was a bucketful of giggles after that.
If I could, what would I change about myself? How I view my body. One day, I really hope I can look and feel myself with not only love, but pure joy too.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Somehow, by some great grace, each of my dance pieces has entered a world that makes complete sense to me. And, by that same grace, people have been able to say “we see your world, we understand it without being able to explain it.” That feels like life to me.
Where would I most like to live? Somewhere warm where I can be barefoot with all my friends and eat only from the ground and create movement all day and share it, share it, share it.
What is my most treasured possession? The things that are impossible to possess because they are fleeting. Hugs, balloons, children.
What is my most marked characteristic? I have no idea. Name one thing, and take it away and somehow I am still there.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Outside. In thick, soft grass. Toronto. Central Park in the summer. The backyard of my second childhood home in
Colorado.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I am in the process of moving cities; however, for New York I will always recommend Fresco Gelateria. It has it all.
What books influenced my life and how? Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. Every person is teachable from their own divine power within. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd: so eloquently written and was the basis for a piece I created two years ago. Gilead, Home, Lila. Amazing prose and the inspiration for my own written work.
Who are my favorite writers? Herman Hesse Marilynn Robinson Haruki Murakami Sue Monk Kidd Khaled Hosseini Miguel Ruiz
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Something live. Like a full orchestra. Or I would probably just ask my friend Camden to imitate a trumpet. He’s so good at that.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Le Petit Prince.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My mom, my dad. In very different ways.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Vivas las antipodas. It’s trance like and you see so many ways of how people live. Find somewhere very quiet, let yourself fall asleep if it happens, and watch it rush over you like rain.
What role plays art in my life and work? When I’m not dancing, I’m still dancing. When I babysit, I’m just moving with children and we are creating a dance. When I do the dishes, I’m moving and grooving. It doesn’t always happen that I am aware of the dance inside of everything, but the more I dedicate myself to dance, the more that becomes very clear. And suddenly I am dancing all the time.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My siblings. They are incessantly loyal. It makes me cry joy.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I would love to work with various artists always, dancers and collaborators. However, I think this year it may be time to settle into a community, a company, some type of set location or gathering of peoples and really dig deep.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? I would love to meet more people directly linked to the roots of Butoh. I would really like to reintroduce myself to myself. I would also love to meet as many people from different cultures and backgrounds as possible.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I am super excited to work with Christine Bonansea. She has a wonderfully developed approach to improvisation and I look forward to learning more in depth from her this fall in the resetting of of one of her pieces.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018? I am currently working in residency at Lake Studios Berlin! I will be doing a showing June 29th at 8pm. I will also be premiering a short film at some point this fall.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I suppose, that it could look like it’s dying, but really it may just be hibernating.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Bobbi Jene Smith. Allegra Preuss Henna-Elize Selkala
How can you contact me? beccaloevydance.com via Facebook/Instagram at Becca-Loevy beccaloevy@hotmail.com
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