Dear Jacalyn, thank you for coming, please make yourself comfortable on our 2 chairs. Let's start with a short introduction, could you please explain, who is Jacalyn Carley? Are you dancer, choreographer, writer, artist? Who are you?
Some decades or even moments I am more one than the other, but my artistic life always circles back on itself. Dancing taught me about the female body while choreographing demanded improvisation and composition skills, writing was something that had to be done. Nearly all of my choreographies were set to avant-garde texts instead of music, like the dadaist Kurt Schwitters' "Sonate of primitive sounds". If there can be text in dance, why not in the visual arts? Why can't more arts be integrated? We all know that good drawing often depends upon a strong sense of rhythm. and so on. What is color harmony if not harmony?
Does it mean that you were done with dancing and have started a new chapter? Or even a new novel as an artist?
Dance is about life energy, about improvising with givens. It teaches infinite discipline and finite strength — these things inform all of my artistic practice. I stopped choreographing professionally long ago because it entails so much grant-seeking and has such high production needs that the actual artistic work was minimal. And then the show only ran a short time and it's gone! Although a good number of videos of my work exist in the International Theater Institute/MimeCentrumMediathek and in the Akademie der Künste Berlin archives, these have no life. Dance is here and gone, most ephemeral.
And what about writing? What language do you use in your artworks?
I was 'given' certain stories and other fantastic opportunities to write. I had stories that had to be told so I sat down and wrote them. Then came the opportunity to ghost write Royston Maldoom's autobiography, which drew upon my personal dance history and years of teaching experience and dovetailed with this fantastic person's life-journey. I'm so grateful for that opportunity, and also to have been able to write a book on his teaching methods. I only write in English, although the books exist only in German. Writing is hard enough, I can't worry about German grammar on top of that! Actually, I'm sorry about that.