Friday, December 31, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
There's this little gallery space in SE DC called The Fridge DC. I've had the pleasure of performing there several times over the past year; each time it's been a magical experience. The crowd that assembles is a multi-generational mix of arty's who are interested in the up and coming and the spectacle of it all.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I was listening to an interview on NPR yesterday. It was an interview that John Lennon gave the morning he died. I was riveted, fascinated and couldn't stop listening. I even did that thing where you sit in your car in the driveway to listen... not wanting to miss anything while walking in the house and turning on the radio.
I've always known what an impact Lennon had on a generation, but I had never listened to him speak the words himself. If you're just that curious, here's a link: Dec 8th on NPR
Here are some gems I found in the interwebs. What struck me was the combination of the words themselves and the way Lennon spoke them. They resonated with me in a way they don't simply read from the page. In memory of that voice, here are some of his words:
"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key toFull listing
life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I
wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told
them they didn’t understand life."
— John Lennon
"My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and
express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not
as a leader, but as a reflection of us all."
— John Lennon
"I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky.
I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that
what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just
that the translations have gone wrong."
— John Lennon
"If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or
music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and
I'll say it."
— John Lennon
Monday, August 16, 2010
This weekend I participated in a dance photography workshop at The Carriage House in DC. It was a wonderful experience as a dancer & model. In a nutshell, a group of photographers with an interest in dance gathered from 2-6 pm to share war-stories, best practices, and to address the unique circumstances that come with working with a dancer rather than a traditional model. Then the photographers took turns shooting images in different set-ups and concepts with myself and another dancer, Stormy.
It was the first of what I hope will be many opportunities for both dancers and photographers to share our unique perspectives on just that... perspective. We created a community in our time together - I'm already planning individual shoots with the photographers that participated and I am thrilled by the work they turned out. It's a win-win for all.
The images here thus far are from Paul Frederiksen. Flickr
The two images above are by Michael Avilez
These three are by Mike Kelly
This one is by Chris Maxwell
The other photographers involved are:
- a lovely woman whose contact info I do not have :( I hope she sends me some shots!!! As the photographers send images, I'll update. I have linked to all of their web-sites, too.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Salty, sandy, swimming - so sweet!
Roasted slowly, like a smoked hen for dinner.
Spicy like sesame noodles...
This family of friends.
Love abundant, yet casual and cool...
'Salt Peanuts! Salt Peanuts!'
Becomg a perfect blend of
Britt's doughnuts, gelato & fudge - lost and found.
Wave after wave, We duck, dive, wait, and finally
Ride the water wall to shore
Breathless and satisfied
Yet, wanting 'just one more'
Prayers to Poseidon,
We got our wish...
All of them really.
Like the fireworks...
Surpassing all expectations-
This 4th of July weekend.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Plagued by doubt confusion fear mistrust
Plenty of paper parchment stationary
Leaves of grass
Ideas floating drifting wandering
You could even say dancing
Myself alone solitary seamless
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
I have a very different kind of "Donor Fatigue".
As a company, we are often asked to "donate" our services for a "great" PR opportunity, cause, charity, event, etc. While we LOVE to dance anytime, for anyone; this is also our JOB. We dance because we love to do it, but we also chose this as a career - not a hobby.
Most "Free" performances, even when we do them, are not "free" to us. The company MUST pay the artists involved, even if the company receives zero compensation from the host, venue, or sales. Attracting qualified, healthy, and stable dancers & collaborators to create quality work requires PAYING those artists for their contribution.
I have certainly asked the artists to donate their time occasionally, and honestly, I feel awful each and every time. It is one thing for me to volunteer my services, but it is another thing entirely for me to ask that of others - in the name of my company.
In addition to performer pay, there are costumes, designers, props, composers, etc who all need to be paid fairly for their contribution/materials as well. Not to mention rehearsal space rental... you get the idea - I could go on.
Why do many presenters and organizations assume dance companies should/would perform at their event for free?
I am currently asking for sponsors to support one such request - that is for a great cause. However, if we don't get the sponsorship, we cannot perform. It's as simple as that.
(scratches her head)
If you are interested in supporting our "free" efforts, write ContradictionDance@gmail.com. Or, visit: http://contradictiondance.com/about/donate/
Thursday, April 29, 2010
These students - whether they were hard-core dancer/enthusiast or simply trying class out of passing curiosity - did an incredible job! I hope they will all continue to support dance through active participation throughout their lives :)
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
We're in the middle of a blizzard. I made a conscious decision to spend this time reveling the extra time with my loved ones and not cramming in as much work as possible. I am very, very glad about that decision.
Perhaps next week, when there is seemingly more to get done than is possible, I will regret my game playing, snow-ball fighting, cooking, eating, and chilling reality... but for now: I am fully relaxed for the first time in a long time. I have had actual quality time with my family. I have been reminded just how wonderful they are...
Thank you snowverkill 2010!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
And... if you'd like to join the conversation, please send me some words. What do you believe?