Forma is the third of five new works from our choreographic development program Bodytorque.Digital. It was choreographed and performed by Soloist Jill Ogai at her home.
This “love letter to creativity during the time of the COVID-19 lockdown” blends Jill’s movement with 2D ‘choreography’ that she devised on computer. Set to Bach and Telemann music, Forma is a tribute to imagination and ingenuity in the face of limitation.
Choreographer and Performer Jill Ogai
Music Telemann: 12 Fantasies TWV 4017: Fantasia no.4: Grave
Bach: Violin Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double
Violin Yi Wang
Cello Melissa Chominsky
Cinematography Jill Ogai
Production Brett Ludeman
Find out more about the Bodytorque.Digital series.
Forma began with the question, “Can choreography exist in 2D shape as well as in the customary physical form?”
While choreographing physically on myself, I also ‘choreographed’ for 2D shape on my computer. Both helped inform the movement and choreography for each other throughout the process.
On a musical note, I describe the Telemann and Bach pieces as “the lifeblood of Forma”, holding the abstract 2D and the physical choreographies together.
The piece became a love letter to creativity during the time of the COVID-19 lockdown, and the idea that inspiration can spring from one’s imagination just as much as it can come from the external world.