performance

“You Must Believe In Spring”

“You Must Believe in Spring” is a piece that stemmed from a concept Mario Spinetti (the musical genius on vocals and keyboard here…) brought to me to bring to life with movement. It expresses what it’s like to feel alone and depressed, like there’s no way out, and then the complete opposite side of that coin – what it’s like to be around others who help you see the light. It’s amazing how being close to others and feeling supported can make all the difference in the world in terms of perspective.

 

There’s always a way out of darkness, but sometimes we just can’t see.

 

I’m so very grateful also to Rocco Contini who brought this vision to life with his videography talents. Collaboration is a beautiful thing! Thank you!!

When are you grateful?

Is it just at Thanksgiving dinner? When you earn that promotion? When you land that dance gig? What about being grateful for the crap in your life? What about being grateful for the parts of your body that you wish were leaner, thinner, or simply not there? What about being grateful for that argument you had with your director or boss? What about being grateful for when your dancing or life doesn’t quite go as planned? What about being grateful when you are struggling with a physical injury?

All of the things that come into our lives – good, bad, and even ugly – are gifts for us. Whether they appear to be gifts that are welcomed (yay promotion!) or are completely undesirable (yay injury!) we have attracted them into our lives and they have found us. (Yes, I absolutely believe in the laws of attraction and the power they hold within this beautiful and crazy universe).

However difficult it may be when something unfortunate comes up to bat, we navigate it with infinitely more grace if we swing some gratitude on it first and foremost. And why not? There is always something to learn. Adversity has its way of blessing us with lessons a hell of a lot more bluntly than Success.

This past week I had a “comeback” performance with Parsons Dance at the Brown Theatre in the Wortham Center in Houston, Texas. The company was double booked (a beautiful gift for a dance company – too many shows!).  There was an afternoon performance for autistic children that the current company couldn’t be present for – in came the retired Parsons-back-up-crew to the rescue! Those autistic children and their families have been dealt a different hand – one that will provide them unique, beautiful gifts and advancements all the same. Yet, I couldn’t help but feel immense gratitude for the state of my body and mind and how it has supported me through my life and career.

How quickly those of us who are in “good” health forget how lucky we are. How quickly we forget how amazing our bodies are – how resilient, how capable. I haven’t always treated my body with love and respect, yet it has never failed me.

Heck, I’ve starved it at times; I’ve hated on parts of it that didn’t meet the ridiculously perfect and unobtainable bar I’ve set for it; I’ve danced the hell out with it and didn’t stretch it; I’ve neglected it of the TLC of massages and baths when it was screaming at me; I’ve trash-talked to it.

Amazingly enough, it has always healed itself miraculously. It continues to stick with me after all the abuse I’ve given it.

If your body is so capable despite neglect and abuse, what is it (and are you) capable of when you are grateful for it?

Don’t let yourself suffer through poor health before you appreciate the glory of your body right now. Hardship and physical set-backs aren’t needed to be grateful for what you have right now (However sometimes they sure can speed up the process for some who can spin the positive despite them).

The more you are grateful for what you have – body and life – the more beauty, prosperity, and abundance flow right back to you.

So, before you dance, be grateful. Before you workout, be grateful. Before you create, be grateful. Before you eat, be grateful. Before you pay for something, be grateful. Before you move from your bed, be grateful. Before you rest your eyes at night, be grateful. Say it aloud to yourself. Dance your entire next class or performance with gratitude.

Share with me. What are you grateful for? How has throwing gratitude on your body and life helped you?

The Hatch, a choreographic baby born…

So after much back and forth action, I decided to plug forward and present a brief solo at The Hatch to be performed today!

My hesitations were mostly due to wearing myself too thin and mere procrastination of propelling my choreography further, although the latter was much harder to admit to myself.  Since procrastination and a jam-packed schedule never stopped me in the past, I really have no reason not to do it.  (Particularly, because pulling out from the performance would cost me $100!)  I’ve been having a tough time working in the studio on a solo for myself with no set of outside eyes on it so I gratefully recruited my friend Kate Griffler, dancer/choreographer/producer extraordinaire, to be my lovely canvas (you can see her work as part of the Reverb festival where she curates and choreographs).

I choreographed some of this movement prior – some of it originates from the 60×60 choreographic festival, which morphed into the collaboration with the International Street Cannibals (a duet with the always fabulous Rebecca Rainey), which soon morphed into a group piece for my residency at the Fine and Performing Arts Center in Howell, HS.  All this material has been slowly developing into this solo work.  I chose the melodic music of Michael Galasso’s Scene IV which ideally leads into a group piece I choreographed while at college, Naked Branches, to another track on his same album.  Ideally, after I stitch this solo together I would love to recreate the group piece and perform them both as a larger work.  Perhaps even create more solos for different tracks from the album for all my friends and create a full program! Ohhh getting ahead of myself like usual.  Time will tell…

Today is performance day so come down to the Hatch for an 8pm show to catch this world premiere! Very official, haha.

Stay tuned for some video footage of rehearsals and the performance.  I’m a little slow on the technical, editing aspect!