Thursday, August 29, 2013

Experimentations in Movement and Light

Tonight - 7pm at the Mandell Theatre.

I haven't had a moment to write about this, but I will! It's been a truly amazing experience.

Here's the Facebook event info:

Join us for a unique evening of cross-cultural dialogue and interdisciplinary creation.

Dutch lighting artist/designer Katinka Marac joins Philadelphia-based collaborators Nora Gibson (choreographer) and Clifford Greer (lighting designer) for a FREE LECTURE-DEMONSTRATION on EXPERIMENTATIONS IN MOVEMENT AND LIGHT this Thursday, August 29th at 7:00pm at Drexel's Mandell Theatre.

This performance is the culmination of a week-long intensive. Artists from all performance and visual disciplines will share ideas, and investigate the possibilities of lighting the body on stage. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Another season's starting!

"Beginnings are scary. Endings are sad. It's what happens in the middle that counts."

I've had a wonderful summer of transitions and adventures and now it's time for another season of performing, creating, and learning to begin. The end of the summer means that a lot of fun summer props are on sale - props that can be used for helping dancers work longer and stronger. Grab deals on balls (squishy kick balls in different sizes and tennis balls) and noodles before the new season starts and the leaves begin to change.

Balls and noodles are great, inexpensive props to open up muscles and release tension. Use them to massage sore backs, shoulders, calves, quads, hamstrings, and IT bands. Place the noodle or ball on the floor and gently guide your body/ muscle/ IT band on top of it. Using the weight of your body allow your muscle to melt over the prop. Only apply as much pressure as is comfortable. Tight muscles will require less pressure. Gently roll your body over the prop to release the muscle/ tension.

Cut the noodles down into different sizes and lengths to share with other dancers and/or use for different muscles groups.
Therabands or resistance bands are wonderful for strengthening and stretching when you have some down time. They're light and portable and can be used before or after rehearsals and class.

Happy dancing!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

InHale's tomorrow!

Check out the artists who are being presented by KYL/D:

(As always, I'm super excited for this performance. We're starting the tech process today - marley, programs printed, audience surveys printed, risers going up, focusing the lights... It's a lot of work but I love it! It's really humbling to see all of the hard work that goes into producing the performance from our end and to also see all of the work that the artists have been doing. I love being a conduit for bringing artists and audiences together in Philly!)

Oh yes... and this time, I'm presenting work too. Vuthy Ou, Rachael Hart, and I have been diving into (un)tangled threads. We're performing it again in NYC in a few weeks and I'm looking forward to getting feedback in real time to continue working on the piece.