posts filed under: dance

March 26, 2007 10:51 AM

New York City Ballet

Today as I was walking to work on Carmine Street in Manhattan I witnessed something amazing. The street cleaner came up behind a row of cars and politely honked. Then, in unison, all of the cars (except one police exempt vehicle) roared to life, turned to the left (blocking oncoming traffic), let the street cleaner do his job and then gracefully backed up into their original parking spots. This choreography was repeated on the next block, only this time the car that didn’t move had a parking ticket. Beautiful.

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February 5, 2007 10:28 AM

Cloudless

Last week I went to see Susan Marshall and Company perform Cloudless at Dance Theatre Workshop (www.dtw.org). Although the dance didn’t give me the kinesthetic hit that I crave, it did have amusing and beautiful bits and it brought up a whole bunch of my psychic dance baggage.

Why am I not dancing right now? Why am I not making dances? If there is nothing more beautiful or more important than the human body in motion, why do I even bother spending time on anything else? I am not sure what about dance brings up such existential dilemmas for me, but as much as I love good dance (good, kdL approved dance is very rarely seen), I hate the self-searching and uncomfortable questioning it brings up. I want to be contented exactly where I am, watching or dancing or neither.

(Well actually there is at least one thing I consider to be more important than dance and that is love. And that, to me, is everything. Everything is an expression of love, including dance.)

I think part of the problem is that I tend to see things in black and white. I forget that even when I have been dancing full time, I still need to be leading a balanced life. I need to have time to cook and clean and dream and hang out with my dearest ones. I need to pay rent. Ugh.

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January 17, 2006 09:02 PM

Back in the Saddle

It is hard to get back in the saddle. I have 3 performances this week (APAP) and I feel like I am in horrible dancing shape. Today I made it to Zvi’s dance class (barely). There are head games I play when I don’t really want to go to class but should; today I played them all and still ended up in class. I stopped dancing before the waltz, but for a first day back in ballet class after a break of about 3 months, that’s not so bad. I dance the adagio behind a gorgeous dancer from Alvin Ailey and although I am no ballerina, I think I looked ok next to him. But my left hip really hurts. It has been ‘out’ since I went running with Cadin last week. Hopefully between getting it warmed up and stretching the kink will work itself out. I hate it when I can feel that my pelvis is out of whack but I can’t crack it back into place.

My resolve was so strong right after Bates (or maybe during Bates, before I sprained my ankle). This was going to be the year of the resurrection of my dance career; I was going to choreograph again this year. The year (measured between birthdays) is more than half over and I haven’t even finished the ‘dance film’ I started last year during the snow storm. Monday at rehearsal at the JoHo I saw KT Niehoff (from Seattle) who asked if I was rehearsing my own stuff. Sadly I had to reply, “No.” I still have time (months) to finish some projects before my 34th birthday, but I have such a hard time focusing between dance and photography and then the business of making money. And although I still have months, it is so hard to find the hours I need.

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older ‘dance’ posts

March 26, 2007 10:51 AM

New York City Ballet

February 5, 2007 10:28 AM

Cloudless

August 2, 2005 02:17 PM

Second Day of Second Week

July 27, 2005 07:46 PM

Dance Camp Day 3

February 21, 2005 09:46 PM

aftermath

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