Monday, January 24, 2011

Daily, Lately

New dancers are in the room...


and are making the boss laugh.

Podium is still the post-performance spot.

An American flag has been spotted one block from home.

The movie theater is stating the obvious.

And something is definitely missing. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Feb 25, 2000 - Jan 21, 2011

Had to put my baby down today after eleven years of lap dances and bad behavior toward houseguests. you were a good one, Juju.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fire Extinguisher

There are seventeen of us in the dance company for our next piece, which is an awesome amount of energy and talent in one room.  Our small rehearsal studio is teeming.  During these early stages of the process, we spend a lot of rehearsal time working individually on solos and duets, and most everything requires extensive discussion.  That means seventeen dancers moving and talking simultaneously.  It's quite a sight.  If you were to walk into the studio during one of these rehearsals, here's what you might see:  Johannes crouched in a corner coaching a solo or duet while the Slovakian throws the Spanish girl who then yells at him for tugging her arm too hard.  Against the wall, the two Taiwanese chatter about their plans for a theatrical scene while the Italian lifts an American up from the floor, asking "Like zees?"  The Polish girl asks the Colombian guy for tips on that backwards barrel turn jump thing, and an American tries to make the Finnish girl laugh.  Someone else writes in a notebook, or mumbles text out loud, and there's always someone stretching, and at least two people improvising in the corner with headphones on.  It's a madhouse of creativity.  It's completely inspiring, at times deafeningly noisy, and always intensely chaotic. 

Today was our day off, so I jumped at the chance to have the studio all to myself for a movement phrase I've been developing.  The task is to use foreign looking movement to make a phrase where you're controling someone, but I like to think of mine as the "oriental arms meets break-dancer legs" phrase.  I'm not sure how much of that you'll see from this clip, but what you will see is that even being alone in the studio doesn't mean you're free from interruptions and distractions....

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Questions for 2011

If 2010 was the year of frustration will 2011 be the year of change?
Can a story save your life? 
Is Mrs. Beckham really pregnant again? 
How long will the new washing machine last?  
Would you like some more pudding?
What makes you think I can play chess?
Don't you think this has all gone on long enough?

Darf ich sie fragen, wer sie sind? 
Are 1001 nights long enough to fall in love? 
Is the stalker really over you or is she just back on her meds?
What is the difference between perception and thinking?  
What is the difference between attention and concentration? 

What is a model home? 
How did the cats get fleas?
Is the tub full yet? 
Is the house cursed?

Do I really have to do this all by myself? 
Is there no one coming to save me? 
How would you translate geborgenheit ?
At what age are we no longer too young to die? 
Does this mean the worst is over? 
Should we move to the Middle East?
Have you seen my keys? 
What was I thinking? 

Are there any more questions? 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011