An excerpt of the "circus".
In 2011 Gabrielle Revlock and Nicole Bindler created "I made this for you", a raucous, playful, yet earnest dance about audience engagement and community building for the A.W.A.R.D. Show!, a $10,000 choreography competition. The A.W.A.R.D. Show! was a divisive force when it came to Philadelphia in 2009, creating tension and resentment among choreographers. We wanted to embrace these tensions, colliding performance and reality. Choosing to critique from within was a riskier option than boycotting or writing letters to the producers. We felt trepidation about the possibility of being disqualified but the risk proved worthwhile. In addition to being voted to the finals we created a dance that promoted harmonious community over the anxieties of competition.