Conversation – Travis Wall to Wade Robson
A conversation between Travis Wall and choreographer Wade Robson about the inspiration to create and what to expect in the future.
Travis Wall: When creating a new concept, what do you envision first?
Wade Robson: Usually characters and landscapes first. The environment the dance will take place within.
Travis Wall: As far as movement goes, where does it usually originate from?
Wade Robson: Either from characters and story or from a piece of music. When all of the elements come together perfectly, it’s magic. It’s so easy to create movement when I have such a solid idea of the characters, the story, and the world it takes place within.
Travis: What made you wanna create instead of being created on? When did you know?
Wade: I knew I wanted to be a choreographer, rather than a dancer, when I was twelve years old. For some reason I was much more interested in creating movement rather than just performing it. Even when I was five years old, I was in a dance company in Australia and I didn’t like to be choreographed. I wanted to create my own stuff. I started teaching dance class when I was twelve years old and I had so much fun finding new pieces of music and creating movement to them. And I really loved the feeling of showing my class a routine they believed they would never get, but then at the end of the class they were doing it and they were so excited. I love teaching.
You are known for your crazy concepts and interpretations of creatures. How do you continue to outdo the last, and where do you pull from?
I have found that it is really important, at least for me, to understand you can’t just stay creative forever without taking time out to fill the well. I spend as much time as possible watching films, going to museums, traveling around the world, studying other cultures, and spending as much time with my biggest inspiration, nature.
After creating and being “in the zone” for so long, what’s the first thing you do to get out of your own head?
Meditate, read, and sleep under a big gorgeous tree.
Favorite piece /concept to date?
“Hummingbird and the Flower” from So You Think You Can Dance, and the circus funhouse piece from Dancing With the Stars.
You’re my favorite package: choreographer, dancer, director, designer. I honestly aspire to be you, or even come close to what you will accomplish in your lifetime. Besides Michael Jackson, who did you aspire to be?
Some of my biggest inspirations are Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Charlie Chaplin, Tim Burton, Bob Fosse, and Jiri Kylian.
One thing in your career you would still like to accomplish?
I want to direct feature films. [My wife, Amanda, and I] are getting close.
What’s next after Cirque?
Amanda and I are creating Britney Spears’s new tour. I am directing. We are co-writing and Amanda is co-artistic director. Then after that, Amanda has written a dance feature film I will direct and choreograph.
Wade Robson – Not Just Your Usual Choreographer
Robson, like Angel, has been pursuing his art since he was very young — actually, just five years old. If you go back and watch some old Michael Jackson videos, you can see him in them and he was only ten years old. At the ripe old age of sixteen, he began choreographing for Britney Spears and ‘NSYNC and writing and producing music for these two recording artists as well as a host of others. He’s made his name as a choreographer who doesn’t see dance like other choreographers, and is sure to offer up some thing unexpected. He won a 2007 Emmy for his work on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. waderobson.com
Travis Wall – Not Just Your Usual Performer
Fellow dancer/Choreographer Travis Wall first became a household name with his remarkable performances on the second season of So You Think You Can Dance. This is how he first met Wade Robson. A year later, Wade chose Travis to perform a premiere piece on Dancing With The Stars. Travis Wall agreed to ask a few questions for Movmnt Magazine to Wade “whole package” Robson, as Travis likes to refer to him.
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