As I spend this snowy day catching up on archiving choreography videos and photographs, thought I’d share the multitude of projects that got underway for me in 2013!
As always, the annual upper school musical, where I teach full-time, went up in February, this time with the classic “Gypsy”. Not sure I still feel ok with high school girls parading around as strippers but I suppose the overall story has some women empowerment involved. And anyway, they love it. In any case, most musical-goers love it. I always love the pro photos that come out of these musicals.
In March, I took a rejuvenating and creative residency at Earthdance in the Berkshires. The enormous, circular dance studio was my own private playground resulting in a long and creative time working on solo work. Special thanks to their director Sarah Young for coordinating my stay and bringing me some popcorn on command. This place definitely has a hippie vibe and I loved the shared meals and friendly staff as well.
As the school year wound down for the summer, I took some time to visit the large Swedish festival in downtown Manhattan on summer solstice. I always loved the maypole growing up and at this event, you get to see a load of great dances—ones where masses of people sing, act like animals at a times and generally dance in the round. I’ll definitely be back.
Continuing along the “NYC Dances” series I’ve been working on for a few years, I created 5 short films thanks to dancers Aaron Draper, Lee Sunday Evans (hers is in progress), Sharon Flanagan, Daniela Grosso and Edwin Ferreras of LatinFX , Devika Wickremisinghe with music collaborators Pete Robbins and Julio Montero’s Cunao. Will definitely find a spring time screening for these in 2014. Meanwhile, I suppose NYC is just not big enough for me….so I am continuing to find local dancers, both professional and nonprofessional, to create short dance films, referring to them now as the “Short Story” series. 2014 screenings TBA.
I later went down to Oaxaca for the “2 Mondays” of dances at the Guelaguetza. If you like dance and music from other countries, this should be a must on your travel list.
After several years of planning, I finally made my way down to Rosario, Argentina to teach and create film at the Rave de Danza hosted by Rosa Maria Torres and Marcela Cejas-Calfuqueo. I had the pleasure of working with Barcelona-based, Cuban dancer Yamira Sanchez Bautista, dancing with people in the street. I also filmed a few of the “raves” which are somewhat like flashmobs (click on flashmobs for some video footage)—check out the BRAND NEW VIDEO (the first in “Short Stories”) here!
Hardly catching up on my sleep post 28 hours of Argentina travel time back to the states, The Outlet Dance Project, NJ’s largest outdoor dance festival featuring female choreographers came upon my heels. This was my second year co-directing the festival and I was very pleased with the dance films that were submitted (that’s mainly my department, though certainly I work in every part of the festival). I showed “Tudors”, a dance film shot in Bryant Park and one of my favorites, “The Long Nighters in the very short day” by ann and alexx make dances. Remember to look forward to next October for this awesome fest.
Simultaneous to the Outlet Dance Festival, alexx and I also presented our film installation at the Oklahoma Dance Film Festival. I was sad not to make it down there, not only because I had work being shown, but also because Joan Karlen was teaching a workshop there. I’m definitely marking this off on my calendar for next fall—hopefully at a different time than the Outlet’s Festival this time.
Don’t stop now…I did a small bit of work on Shakespeare’s “As you like it” this fall (yes, he was actually there) and just started rehearsals for February’s showing of “Urinetown”—definitely one of my favorite musicals…one that makes fun of musicals while delivering a social message.
Finally, when we had all this snow dumped on us, I had some time to get my fiscal act together again. Happy to say I will be fiscally sponsored again soon so people (like you) can make TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS towards any of my creative endeavors. Special thanks to Mary Robideaux (mom, the best supporter ever) for the first donation of 2014 which will pay for the sponsorship fees AND my roundtrip up to Albany where I will work with Yael Erel of Lighttexure on a new piece incorporating dance and light. You can see some of the past work I have done with her on the link above.
Whew! If you made it this far, thanks for reading. Happy New Year everyone and happy dancing!!!!