Thursday, September 17, 2020

Published Reviews for The Other Side of the Window Screen

 Thank you to everyone who has already participated in The Other Side of the Window Screen. We've had an incredible audience response and the Fringe Arts Fringe 2020 still has a few more weeks! 

Here's what the reviewers are saying...

Camille Bacon-Smith wrote in Broad Street Review:

"Arms are often held up, angled or outstretched, as if the dancers are reaching for something just out of their grasp. Home, maybe - a concept we perpetually seek, but seldom find. When I thought of "home" in the piece, though, I envisioned not a place but the bodies we inhabit, the lived bodies of the dancers, and our own bodies as we unconsciously synchronize with the movement on the screen."

Read more here.

By Jane Fries for PhiladelphiaDance.org's The Dance Journal

"...evokative of sci-fi royality, they burst into digital life..."

"HOMEbody is a dance of shifting moods..."

"...liquid movements... precise yet curiously enigmatic..."

"quietly transporting"

Read more of Jane Fries's review by clicking here. 

Friday, August 28, 2020

HOMEbody - audience comments

Included below is some of the written feedback we received from the live presentations of HOMEbody. In person, the performance consisted of a spoken welcome, a guided body scan, my solo Shed, Jake Buczewski's mini-documentary, and the 34 minute HOMEbody. 

Audience comments from November 2019 in Reading, PA. Presented by Alvernia University. 

~reminded me of the beautiful lines of ballet, modern, very European. I loved the foundation of the work and the continuity of the movement. 

~ It evoked feelings of a story told within the dance. Deeply personal. Though I am interested in what evoked some of the movements, they belong personal. Part of the intrigue...

~Power

~ It was a wonderful exploration of what home feels like to me and how I identify with my feelings of "home" and comfort. 

~ Get the word out! Quickly! Performances like this should be sold out. 

~ Wonderful to see such high quality dance in Berks County. 

~Loved it! So happy you are here and doing this work. 

~ Amazing Talent!

~ First experience with interpretative dance. Left me feeling I could watch the performance over and over again - so much to unpack. Very beautiful. 

Audience comments from February 2020 in Philadelphia, PA. 

~Inner struggles. Interpersonal connection and turmoil. 

~ Impressive and moving! Keep up the great work! 

~ Contentment, beauty, comfort

~ Lovely performance. 

~ The two solos reminded me of babies learning about their bodies and exploring them. Maybe it's because I'm a new mom, but this reminds me that my body was my baby's first home. And now she and I are learning to be comfortable in our bodies and they both develop in new ways. I saw the solos before but it's very interesting to see them in the context of the whole. 

~ Music + Dance = Excellent! 

~ Trust. Vulnerability. Suffering. Healing. 

~ The complexities of relationships with those close to you. 

We'll continue to update with comments from Fringe 2020!



Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Behind the Movement - Adaptations

Thanks to everyone who's shared in Reading Theater Project's Adaptations! 

I've been thinking and reflecting and writing, but not posting publicly because I think there are folks whose voices need to be louder than mine. They need to be heard and lifted up. I've been reaching out and doing work quietly through Covid isolation, but I've missed the sense of connection and community that being around/ moving around other people provides. 

I'm grateful for the challenge from Reading Theater Project to participate in Adaptations. Click here to check out Artistic Director Vicki Haller Graff's introduction to the experiment. 

Chris Hesslop share his inspiration for elements of the music. In collaborating about one of four musical options, Vicki and I settled on HiLo. Here's what Chris had to say about HiLo:

The musical piece is called HiLo. In case you don't want to watch the short video above, Chris described that the adaptation of HiLo was taking two ends of the musical scale, putting them together and seeing what might develop. 

As I reflected on the music and my own feelings about the past few months, I began to appreciate the paradox of opposites. I tried to similarly play with as many opposites as I could fit into a short rehearsal/ filming time frame and length of the total work. Some of those opposites included:

A digital platform (video) to present a natural form (outdoor landscape, human body).

Clear technological edits and digital manipulation of the human body.

Business attire against a natural landscape.

A collared shirt-dress and bare feet. 

Framing and constricted audience views against an open space. 

Light and shadow.

Movement and stillness. 

Sound and silence.

What else do you see? 


Check out the full Experiment Event here: RTP's Adaptations

Friday, July 24, 2020

Adaptations

Black Lives Matter.
BIPOC Lives Matter.
LGBTQ Lives Matter.

Yes, all lives matter, but we need to start being specific because "all" has not referred to "all" in US/ American history.

In the Declaration of Independence, "all men are created equal" did not refer to women or people of color or Native Americans. I was taught in elementary school that the male gender in language was used to refer to groups. Perhaps that language needs to change too.

I've been quiet, publicly because I've been doing a lot of work off-line. I've been reading, hearing, asking questions, reflecting, asking more questions, doing more research.

I'm angry. These issues have been prevalent and relevant for over 100 years. We've been in a social and public crisis for over a century in terms of equity (of gender, of pay, of education, of access, of rights...). What's different now?

Lack of leadership?
Awareness (although not necessarily a-woke-ness) through the internet?

I've been publicly quiet because I think there are voices that need to be heard over mine. There are voices that are more important than mine. Please Listen!

Reading Theater Project is working to adapt to these voices and changes enhanced by the world pandemic. I'm grateful to have been challenged out of my own darkness to find adaptations.

Please check out the project.

Reserve your free ticket by clicking here. 

Read about the adventure by clicking here. 

Thanks, in advance!





Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dance Quarantine VII

Join JCWK Dance Lab as part of Dixon Place's Dance Quarantine VII curated by Sangeeta Yesley/ Creative performances.

When: Friday, June 5th at 7:30pm
Where: Dixon Place TV
What: Creative Performances is sharing work created in response to the Covid-19 lockdown.

For more info, click here.

Screenshot from Dixon Place website

Monday, May 25, 2020

Some Gave All

This Memorial Day, its especially poignant to remember those who have granted us the freedom to
... disagree
... create
... gather
... be separate
... continue
... question
... celebrate
... mourn

Some Gave All... and some of us don't realize what All has been given.

"Thank you" will never be enough.


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Dancing and Drawing Gratitude with Dixon Place


Thanks so much to Sangeeta Yesley and Creative Performances at Dixon Place in NYC for the chance to collaborate with visual artists around the theme of "Gratitude" this Memorial Day weekend. Email creativeperformances.nyc@gmail.com to sign up!

Click here for more info about the in-person series. It continues despite the challenges of Covid-19.