Some fun and creative activities I have been engaging in lately……………….
Performed in the 100’s- a lifelong dream realized – got to perform in Twyla’s work
(even as a 100 it was utterly satisfying) (and……. Twyla winked at me as I was practicing my phrase… )
Twyla Tharp – River to River Festival – New York, NY
Experimental Film VA – Cape Charles VA
Got to work with Josephine Decker!
Another shoot with the amazing and inspiring Josephine Decker in NYC – so fun being part of a film.
SUMAC Workshop – New York, NY
Just life in general….
A little bit about this Mexican celebration can be found here: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/cinco-de-mayo
Had a decent day…. took class with Barbara Mahler at Eden’s Expressway via Movement Research this morning and we worked on lateral weight transfer… after 8 months of steady working again I am finding that by body is starting to open up again… and more movement possibilities are appearing and reappearing… especially in the ribs and pelvis. Had a great rehearsal afterwards- a good three hours – giving myself time to work some more on what we had done in class in the morning and then moving into my own warm up — what I have come up with to get myself ready to move and not be injured in my own rehearsals. A three hour solo rehearsal can be intense. Had to force myself to take occasional breaks. You don’t realize you just keep dancing and dancing… and my “older” dancing body needs to be given a little more TLC to be at optimum performance. I have three weeks to get this solo up and running – will be premiering it at Dixon Place’s Crossing Boundaries series curated by Marcia Monroe on Tuesday May 26th. Excited to perform again… I find I am missing performing quite a lot.
Met up with an old friend who lives in Maine now and works as a Dance Therapist. I walked down from the Port Authority to the 30th street entrance at 11th ave and met him there. I was trying to explain to him what I feel to be the connection between photographing life and making dances… I have many ideas about the connections between dance and photography. I am not sure how to express them yet but I am hoping that in the course of the next few months I will become better at articulating these connections.
All I know is I started in photography when I first came to New York in August of 1986. Then I had a life in dance.. and now I seem to be returning to photography again as an important part of my artistic expression.. along side the 25 years of dancing and dance-making. Photography seems easier to get out there right now… and connects to the world-at-large in a way that, as important as my rehearsal process is important to me and ultimately the performance of the work will perhaps relate to an audience, being cloistered in the dance studio rehearsing doesn’t. How’s that for a run-on sentence?
Photos from my afternoon – Walked down from 38th Street to the High Line entrance at 11th ave and 30th Street. For some reason this man in yellow was fascinating to me, I kept trying to photograph him without him knowing it. He was just sitting there watching people. The two pizza parlor photos were taken at the corner of 38th street and 8th ave. I love watching people eat pizza there. I have also partaken of the $1 slices occasionally after rehearsal.
New work by choreographers who cross cultural, geographic & disciplinary boundaries.
Curated by Marcia Monroe.
Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30pm
$12 in advance
$15 at the door
Students / seniors $10
About the Artists
Rachel Thorne Germond has been making dances since 1990. She is a graduate of Cornell University where she studied modern dance while obtaining degrees in Fine Art and Comparative Literature. In 2000, she achieved an MFA in dance and choreography at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where she was a Fellow. She has presented her choreography in New York City at such venues as the Joyce Soho, 92nd St. Y, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, Movement Research at Judson Church, WAX, Chashama, The Merce Cunningham Studio, HERE, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Dixon Place
Selma Treviño is a performer/choreographer/director and co-founder of Corporeal Arts Incorporated. Selma develops works based on the Corporeal Mime technique in the field of dance and theater as well as for academic research in the field of Performance Studies. Selma teaches at her own Pilates and Yoga studio in Maspeth which is also home for her artistic company Corporeal Arts Incorporated. She had her work performed at: Baryshnikov Arts Center, Lincon Center, Dixon Place, HERE, Center for Performance Research – CPR in New York and in venues in California, Brazil, France and Canada.
photo: The Apollo Theater (view from my seat at the Bessie’s this year)
This blog is up and running again after a long hiatus… left Chicago in 2010 after 10 fruitful years…. was in Norfolk teaching at ODU, CNU, and Hampton Universities for four years… living between NY and these places all this time .. and now exclusively New York City … (well… Brooklyn anyhow!).
Mostly right now I have photos to share… these photos are a way of taking notes on life.. my life… the lives of others I observe around me… situations, encounters, spaces, places, things that inspire me as an artist.
I am in a process of transition right now… trying to figure out if making dances will continue to be my primary expression… and how to create a sustainable life as a dance artist in New York in the year 2014, which is very different from the 80’s and 90’s. Although let’s be honest, it was never an easy choice.
Meanwhile I immerse myself in the NYC dance scene…. going to see as many shows as I can, meeting up with people, exploring new dance spaces and places, dancing, teaching (where yet?), finding ways to make money, living with a roommate again to save money, getting a cat so I am not too lonely, wondering if I am insane to return full time to this bourgeoning city.