I CONCLUDE THE INTERVIEW PORTION OF PHASE 2 WITH MY LAST ARTIST BY SHINING LIGHT ON WHAT’S TO COME. HERE TO REPRESENT SCARBOROUGH’S KENNEDY-EGLINGTON AREA, DON MONTGOMERY COMMUNITY CENTRE AND BUCC N FLVR’S NEXT GENERATION OF DANCERS; KRISTINE BRILLANTES.
“KRISTINE KAYE SALVADOR BRILLANTES WAS BORN IN THE PHILIPPINES AND IMMIGRATED TO TORONTO ONLY 3 YEARS AGO”
“At 15 years old, she is currently a Grade 10 student at Blessed Cardinal Newman. On her free time Kristine dedicates her dance to her High School Dance Crew “Hype”, Bucc N Flvr’s “Halo Halo”, and “Next Gen” a group of youths who met through the Kennedy-Eglinton area in Scarborough. It was in 2016, when Kristine began training under Bucc N Flvr (Flavor) at Don Montgomery Community Centre, helping her grow and understand more about the “Flvr” dance style. She is enjoying and having fun dancing with fellow dancers who are just as passionate and committed.”
Kristine is the only Student Artist in my project and the youngest. I’m sure one of the first thing’s you notice about Kristine is her age; how young she is and how brief she’s lived in Toronto. It was one of the first things that blew me away when I first met her however, as months pass I frequently forget how young she is. When you meet her you’ll forget too by the way she carries herself.
There’s a saying in dance “Talent is nothing without Hard Work. Hard Work is nothing without Talent.” Kristine is the rare case of a student achieving both. When you watch her dance you’ll agree there’s a raw energy about her that is captivating yet endearing. Her dance is honest and humble; dedicated to get better…to grow. You can find Kristine leading warm-ups, creating after hours or rehearsing material. She’s always working on her craft, asking for advice and humbly moving forward to getting better.
When I discovered she had only immigrated here 3 years ago and she had only danced hip hop with her friends in the Philippines and by watching videos online, I was blown away that it is only been a year of her receiving professional dance training. I was curious to know more about her and where she came from. I came to learn that her story is one that we can relate to, a story of discovery, growth and hope.
Kristine taught me a lot in her Interview. Before we began shooting Kristine shared with me that she didn’t know how to answer the questions due to her “lack of experience.” I was reminded and told her that it’s not about experiences its about OUR experiences, OUR story. The interview had to be conversational, I had to reword each questions to pertain to her and her life. It was a lot of fun and with experience from my previous interviews it turned out to be easier than expected.
The shoot was a lot of fun! Ryan and I really got to experiment with shots and lighting. Kristine is more of a mirror dancer so we experimented with shooting her through the mirror, which was very new. Ryan, my Videographer, also gave me the opportunity to get behind the camera and shoot Kristine with his steady cam. I was very impressed with the shots I filmed as it was putting my artistic vision into action.
With Kristine’s interview, I complete the Interviews portion of my project. My next steps include an Extra Video Shoot with Shenika, due to inclement weather we were unable to shoot outdoors. We will be meeting next week to film that last shot with Shenika.
I will be meeting with my Videographer to attain all the footage and audio as we will begin the fun part of organizing and labeling all the footage.
Next week will bring Phase 2 a close and I will be sharing my inspirations and conclusions after Shooting & Interviewing for my project.
2017-02-24T01:03:50+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Home by Lyn Rose- Kristine Kay Salvador