INTERVIEW WITH SHERWOOD CHEN
FRESH FESTIVAL 2015
by Margit Galanter and Sherwood Chen
During FRESH Festival, I had a first-time opportunity to take some Simultaneous Translations classes with Sherwood Chen. Sherwood’s moving is breathtaking, lucid, and his rigorous teaching opens up an imaginative field. In the workshop, there was a continual flow of action to his class format. We traversed through the space over and over, with a flow or propulsion that was a creative extension of an oft-used class choreographic mode; but within this reiterative ride, the material itself was contorted, wildly imagistic, destabilizing, and physically challenging, so we became like little rough stones polishing one another and our selves as we tumbled down the stream, to the beat of dance tracks.
Simultaneous Translations at FRESH FESTIVAL 2015, photo by Yvonne Portra