the most important thing i learned
I would rather be dancing than writing.
A form is a silent thing that has achieved a shape.– Hanya Holm
Thank goodness I’m using partner dance in my performance, merging the ‘stage’ and the ‘dance floor’—currently (both) where I feel most at home. It also quite answers the question, what would you do even if you didn’t get paid? Nathanael and I demo after a Slow Movement workshop at Old Town Yoga in my hometown, Fort Collins, CO. We focused on the use of...
Our knowledge of motion is nearly as primitive as our knowledge of colour. We...– Loie Fuller
why i am the kind of english major i am, or, why i...
(It’s late, and on blogs you can be honest, right?) “We are becoming people of the screen. The fluid and fleeting symbols on a screen pull us away from the classical notions of monumental authors and authority. We are now in the middle of a second Guterberg shift—from book fluency to screen fluency, from literacy to visuality.” Kevin Kelly, “Becoming Screen...
game of the day
Playing videos of favorite lyrical dances to rock anthems of The National or Radiohead, watching how hard movements magically match up with hard beats--so naturally in fact that you're confused when you press pause on one and the other doesn't stop. Doing this frees up choreographic thought and is an exercise in what unexpectedness on stage looks like.
What patterns can we imagine into the future?
Improvisation + design (+ dance) + dreaming “When improvising, the part of the brain that’s responsible for monitoring one’s performance—specifically when you’re doing a solo—shuts down completely. The part of the brain that’s responsible for telling stories, for talking about events that specifically happened to you, and for self-initiated actions and behaviors, lights up (that’s the technical...
[Dance] cannot be codified and repeated without the delight in its own day to...– Erick Hawkins, dancer-as-philosopher
post-human colored stuff
L: so surprising where it ends up... saw so much choreography in the post-human colored stuff. (we tend to anthropomorphize everything, right?)
N: I figure as movement-oriented people, we try if nothing else to explore how we can anthropomorphize it all.
epiphanies feel like meteor showers on my skin.
Step 1) Realize the impossibility of trying to learn a century’s worth of contemporary dance work and criticism in AND a very specifice sector of performance in just one summer. Step 2) Keep going.
Maybe when Deleuze called for the destruction of our concept of self, individual and separate from the molecules around us, he was calling for the destruction of the left brain, which acts as the separator. The problem is, we’d need the left brain to make this choice: “people [can] purposely choose to step to the right of their left hemispheres…” It seems like the right...
In this electronic age we see ourselves being translated more and more into the...– Marshall McLuhan