An impulse is too short lived. I make the work I make because it is the only way I know how to live. It is not impulsive on my part. If I felt like I had a choice about the work I make, and I don’t, maybe I could then call it “creative work.”
I can mostly step out of the way of my will in making work, whereas it is nearly impossible to disallow the power of my will in daily life.
The experience of my dance practice is such that it is here I consistently and unequivocally have quantum leaps in understanding life and art. This includes when I am alone in the studio, when I am transmitting my work to others, while I am writing my dances in prose form, and when I am actually performing.
Without it consciously ever being a choice, making and performing dance is how I actively participate in the politics of life. The consequences of my accumulated experiences of making, teaching, performing, and writing my work has given me a voice I trust.