Monday, May 30, 2011
From an interview on NPR:
"We've never fought extended overseas wars with an all-volunteer force. And it does bother me as a citizen that one percent of the country is carrying 99 percent of the burden."
Sunday, May 29, 2011
"I beg you... to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without ever noticing it, live your way into the answer." -Rainer Maria Rilke
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I am writing you to tell you about my experience that I thought you might find interesting and its something I learned from you. Internal Rhythm. Something that resides in everyone in the rhythm and the timing in all of our lives, especially at the event I worked on last Friday.
First, I worked an event for John Paul II. It's a school for special needs and I worked with a lot of children with autism and down syndrome. The event was their annual prom for kids that ranged from 14-21. I had such a moving experience watching them and dancing with. You best know I was out there busting a move with them. But just the energy I was given from dancing with them was amazing. I wanted to tell you about these two twins and their incredible internal rhythm and beat. Their names are Don and John and probably some of the nicest men I have ever met. Just as a habit, they would swing from side to side and when excited, their swing was harder and a little more rapid. But just watching them, their swings was in perfect timing to the music and they moved at the exact same time, exact same way, without a split second in between. The bond of music that was shared between them and they always clapped along with the music as well. It kind of reminded me of a heavy Stevie Wonder head swing, but with a little bit of waist. It was just so incredible to watch. It was also fun to watch because when I would be in the general vicinity, John would grab my hands and we would just have this step of back and forth and it was so cool the intricate things of music they would pick up on that I never noticed in some songs.
I was also dancing with some of the other kids and their movement and sensitivity to rhythm was incredible. A lot of them had one specific movement they did, but that movement had such energy and such passion put into it, I was floored. I expected shy kids that I would have to bring out onto the dance floor and break a barrier and act a fool to make them even move a foot. So much easier than most people I get to dance.
In seconds, they picked up the electric slide (which I still screw up a lot), cupid shuffle and were making me keep up with them. A couple had an issue with the macarena, but one girl picked it up after the first time running through and was dancing like she had been for ages. I was just so inspired and I thought you might enjoy this. I am sorry if this has been a novel of weirdness, but I wanted to relate stuff I have learned.
And I also have one more thing. I want to incorporate dance somehow in my life with my major and lifestyle of Justice and Peace and with juveniles. I wanna see from you if there is a possibility of a future with dance from your perspective and how I can go about it. I am so lost!
I hope this gets to you at a well time and everything is good in life :)
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Thursday, May 26, 2011
As we're watching Simcha Jacobovici trek down crumbling clay steps, Justin looks at me and says, "You so wish you were doing that!" Sometimes, yes. I wish I were throwing buckets of mud to my team members and feathering dirt away with delicate make-up brushes. (As a child, I hacked away at my parents' driveway with my father's golf clubs because they were the closest thing to a chisel they had in the garage. oops... we were relegated to the back yard.)
As I close a two-day rehearsal intensive with Angie, I'm not sure what we've found, but we've been digging for something. Investigating something. This piece is not as conceptual as some of my previous work. I'm sure there's something in it, but I don't know what.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
In a few moments, we re-embodied the vocabulary of the piece and then got to work. The information I gave Angie was that I thought this version of the piece seemed to be more about getting our hands dirty within a process. The digging and the messiness of a lived experience. We began improvising with that notion and weight sharing.
The process took a different turn.
After several sessions of improvising, we sat and talked about the experiences. Angie said that she felt like she was trying to manipulate and control me and sometimes I responded and sometimes the roles reversed. She got very confused when the roles reversed and did not know how to respond.
Art imitates life.
I found it fascinating. We began to talk about the messiness of this past year. We've had several e-mail discussions with our peer group from our MFA, which has now dispersed, globally. In these conversations, we discussed priorities, needs to dance and create work, the complications of being an artist in the current economy, we talked about feeling alone and needing to find our own way without the collaborate spirit we had experienced during our time under the educational umbrella. During these conversations, I realized how important my peer group was to me.
A year later, we're all standing firmly on our feet. We've negotiated the first, second, and third bends in our rivers and we're still trudging forward. Our rivers have long since diverged paths.
Angie's observation was keenly interesting given our situations in life. At this point in time - on this day, I have many, many options. I trust that the universe will provide me with the tools to make the right decision, but that decision is not to be made right now.
Angie's path is clear and set for the next year. She seems very happy and content. We're both in a place where we are confident and happy, yet these places are very different.
Strange that during our improvisations, our bodies reflected our states. Not strange. Very clear and almost predictable.
Of course Angie would want to control me and push me into a specific path. Of course she would be confused when I resisted. This is where her body, her energy is in life.
After two hours of improvisations, we found a common energetic quality. Our movement was not less aggressive, but we complimented each other. Angie still felt like she was controlling me, but my response was less of resistance and more of acceptance. Again, seeming strange, but obvious and exciting.
We did not set anything during this rehearsal, but made the decision to get back into this process and see what the piece was dictating. We reflected on where we were in September, and where we are now, almost a year later.
I feel that this is the second installation of a much longer process. We're meeting again next week and I'm excited to see what's in store!