Jimmy H. Miklavcic - Choreographic Works
September 7, 1992 - Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Intiman Theatre, Seattle, Washington

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Avoid Your First Inclinations (1992)

Choreographer: Jimmy H. Miklavcic
Music: Jon Scoville
Costuming: Jimmy Miklavcic
Lighting: Jimmy H. Miklavcic
Dancers: Marianne Benson, Jeannine Chan, Angie Head, Chara Huckins, Michael Larkin, Jane Gregory Payne
Location: Intiman Theatre, 201 Mercer Street, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington
Length: 13:20 minutes

This work is a whimsical look at the creative decisions one makes after one avoids first inclinations. It also incorporates Jimmy's past experiences in the Williamstown High School Marching Band, replacing traditional instruments with squeeze toys and PVC pipe.

The performers start by singing, "The trash I live in is the trash I make. The trash I make is the trash that is offered to me, in slick packages! And is guaranteed to make my life more attractive to me." As for the rest of the dance, many childhood and early memories have inspired much of the movement and sound. Playing with squeeze toys, marching in the high school band, and hearing Harry Parch for the first time while working at the pizzeria all surfaced to influence the choreography of this piece.

It was also very fortunate that composer Jon Scoville allowed us to use his music for Avoid Your First Inclinations. It provided an open framework in which the obscure movement could easily flow within the sonic environment.

The work was reprised for the company's performance at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival on September 7, 1992. The surreal nature of this work seemed to fit in well with the Festival and the Seattle audience.