NYC, APAP conference. 1999. Joyce Theatre lobby. Doug Elkins’ eyes twinkled as I told him that I could not find a choreographer whose work I liked enough to bring to the SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara festival.
“You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you can find your prince,” he knowingly told me.
I’m happy to emerge from winter hibernation to update everyone on our plans to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of DANCEworks. We’ve been working away behind the scenes to decide the best way to celebrate the special occasion. Now it’s official. Our artist in residence this year will be the irrepressible Doug Elkins. He visited with me […]
Almost a week after the first performance, Dystopian Distractions refuses to recede from my mind. It seems to have taken up permanent residence, insinuating itself whenever I’ve got an unoccupied moment. Mark Dendy and his fabulosa dancers/actors won’t let go. Working it out during rehearsals! Never have I had a performance affect me so deeply; […]
It’s the same every year. The lead up to a DANCEworks residency is dense with criss -crossing emails, mis-communication, missed communication, doubt, endless decision- making, carefully crafted donor-appeal letters, grant applications and meetings between staff and board to brainstorm, cheerlead and iron out wrinkles. It’s not surprising that by the time I reach the […]
1. Dystopian Distractions. By the end of April, you should be able to add your own dysfunctional favorites to this list ..here are a few of mine: Fox news, almost ALL reality tv, war-related video games, violent movies, TV talking heads, celebrity culture. Build your own list as your awareness grows.
I cannot/will not hold myself or an artist hostage to ticket sales! Change and evolution in our culture cannot come from fear of speaking out or of making waves. Mark’s message, which I believe strongly in, will be there for all of us who are willing to look at the truth of our times while still maintaining hope. I was challenged to consider my own role in being an agent of change. For now, I’ve found my role in supporting Mark’s work and vision.
Twice a year I am surprised by the calendar. The first shock hits soon after Labor Day when the inevitable countdown to the holidays begins, culminating in December in a minimum two week bacchanale of self indulgence and excess. The second awakening happens soon after the holidays wind down. Now I am keenly aware […]
There’s always the possibility of getting hokey when writing words of gratitude. Our culture is inundated with platitudes about gratitude. Here are a few more: By now, you’re either gagging or loving these sentiments. But, come this time of year, I can’t resist thinking of all that I’m grateful for. Since this is a […]
Choreographer Mark Dendy is provocative. When I saw his performance of Dream Analysis in 1999 at the Joyce Theatre in NYC, I was captivated. Dendy’s work was simultaneously theatrical, original, outrageous and electrifying. On the spot, Laurie Burnaby and I decided that we must bring his company to Santa Barbara. The NY Times called Dream […]