Michael Bishop/Mollét Contemporary Ballet

Michael Bishop/Mollét Contemporary Ballet


Artist Statement:

As a choreographer it is my duty to present works that speak to the human experience. I choreograph in relation to the physical and emotional connection of a human life in an effort to create dialogue that can heal, nurture, inspire, question and/or change the very existence and perceptions of the world around us. The very essence of humanity be it love, pain, justice, equality, freedom, compassion, anger, joy etc are what I embody in my work. I utilize these concepts to challenge personal viewpoints, social and political normalites and bring awareness to the very need to live and exist free from scrutiny of our differences.

In my works I utilize quirky, innovative and dynamic movement qualities that portray the beauty within the ugliness. This is used to symbolize the raw quality of life in its ugly yet beautiful form. I incorporate simple lighting that aims to focus on the story of the piece rather than the theatrics which draws the audience in more to the content of what they are viewing. I choose musical selections that charge emotional recall in the viewer that goes along with the theme of the production being presented and I choose costumes that will align with the characteristics I wish to portray. This is all done to take the audience from their personal world into another realm where their reality no longer exists and all that’s left is the purity of what they are viewing on stage. In this state of mind one casts away judgement and attaches oneself to the emotion allowing for a more pure connection. It is and always will be my desire to produce works that spark dialogue and brings about more positive and effective change.

About Table Talk:

Table Talk aims to reshape the narrative around open communication while challenging societal norms through the use of dynamic, alluring movements and captivating storytelling.