We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca McCormac and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rebecca, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
To be running a full-time financially sustainable not for profit arts company in New York, NY. I am currently the Artistic Director of CoreDance Contemporary, an Australian modern dance company residing in New York City. As such I am independently running a non-profit arts organization, however it is currently two days per week with weekend touring/performing and it is far from financially sustainable. In order to keep it running and keep providing opportunities for the dance artists that I employ, I personally work for multiple dance conservatories in and around the tri-state area, teaching and choreographing for the competitive dance arena. I am also a Choreographic Collaborator at T2 Dance Company in Colorado and a Judge/Convention Teacher for Fly National Dance Competition.

Eventually I want CoreDance Contemporary to be a fully fledged not for profit arts organization that can afford to pay me a salary so I am not needing to work so many outside jobs to be sustainable. I want my dance artists rehearsing Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm with a schedule that includes Ballet Technique and Contemporary Technique classes before an afternoon of rehearsals. I aspire to have the luxury of my own infrastructure that can be used whenever I would like, without the need to compete for outside rehearsal space. I would like CoreDance Contemporary to tour on a National scale. I want CoreDance Contemporary to tour on a National scale. Eventually I plan to return to university to get my phd in Dance Choreography.

I know these are lofty goals, but with the right amount of tenacity I know that one day I can achieve them.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a choreographer it is my intention to investigate different and oft times contradictory movement vocabulary through the physicality of one’s kinetics. I am interested in how an exploration of this matter can come to a realization through the body, in time to eventually take on shape and form in the space.

My work from a technical stand point is heavily influenced by my training in Classical Ballet and both the modern techniques and practices of Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham, which as a manifesto in itself is incongruent due to the fact that all modern dance was essentially a rebellion against Classical Ballet. For me Graham Technique is where my passion for floor work initiated and Cunningham Technique my necessity for pattern and solution.

It is the method of the latter of these two practitioners though, that I think is utmost viscerally evident in my self as a choreographer. Cunningham’s use of stochastic process to create movement with an ability to change in a random way, yet still have formation and pattern is something that I feel at home with.

My choreographed movement phrases are often varied by; retrograde, canon, repetition, inversion/eversion, level change and or different groupings of bodies. This process continues as a kind of experimentation if you will till the random, stochastic process begins to formulate something that has a clear and concise point of view. Examples of this can be seen in all of my relevant work for the past five years.

When it comes to the form, to me the body and its physical limitations have no bounds. Athleticism is a core component in the work I choose to make and as such I endeavor to push the limits of each and every dancer that I choreograph on in regards to their individual physical kinetics. I like to explore every possibility when it comes to contact improvisation and partnering and I believe this to be something that is unique and innovative in my work as an artist.

In terms of theme and subject matter, I draw my ideas both contextually and visually in an effort to create work that is engaging for myself and my audience. My work takes on various forms intended to draw in the viewer as co-author and witness, create new and unpredictable cycles of thoughts and associations, providing an experimental chance to challenge one’s perceptions, perspectives and assumptions. I believe that the context of the work has an impact on the work’s relationship to the viewer. The audience doesn’t need to feel something, but they do need to experience something and that to me is art.

As a brand CoreDance Contemporary is an Australian modern dance company that resides in New York City. Founded by myself in 2011, the company is comprised of five female identifying dance artists who bring different cultural and dance backgrounds to the fore, to form a hardworking and dedicated ensemble.

At CoreDance Contemporary, our mission is to empower the female voice by merging artistry and athleticism through the medium of dance performance.

My work (CoreDance Contemporary) has been shown at APAP New York City Center, The ODC Theatre San Francisco, The Dairy Arts Center Boulder, The ArtsHub Colorado, Wake Forest Dance Festival North Carolina, The Dance Complex Boston, CHI Movement Arts Center Philadelphia, Your Move NJ, Alvin Ailey, New York City Center, Steps on Broadway, DANY Studios, PMT, Dixon Place, White Wave, Triskelion Arts, The Actors Fund Arts Center and Green Space.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Definitely Pearl Street Mall. My first time visiting Boulder I walked up and down the mall and visited the various shops and establishments. There are so many unique Colorado inspired boutiques that sell souvenir’s and collectibles that aren’t your typical tourist wares. Favorites include Liberty Puzzles and the Savannah Bee Company – I particularly love their Rosemary Lavender Beeswax Salve.

A weekend in Boulder Colorado might include:

Morning walks along Boulder Creek Path.

A stroll and shop along the historic brick- paved Pearl Street pedestrian mall in downtown.

An afternoon at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

Dinner at Alloy Thai.

A live performance at The Dairy Arts Center.

A hike up the Flatirons (specifically the Chautauqua area).

Various trips to Sprouts Market.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout and recognize my parents Lynlee & Mark McCormac. Without their love, support and encouragement of all my pursuits in life I wouldn’t be or have the career I am so fortunate to have today. I am one of four children and they always motivated us to work hard and inspired us to reach for our hopes and dreams and pursue goals and objectives that we were passionate about. My Mum always told me that things happen for a reason and if an opportunity presents itself you should go after it and not worry that it isn’t the exact path you thought you would be on. So many of the best experiences and interactions in my life have happened out of pure circumstance and been delightfully serendipitous.

Website: coredancecontemporary.org

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coredancecontemporary/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CDC_CoreDance

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Image Credits
Scott Allen Eric Bandiero Alice Chacon Amanda Tipton

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