Friday, July 4, 2014

Exciting Summer: tomorrow a wedding and a few hours later -- Dance on Land!

Tomorrow I will be filming a dear friend's wedding ceremony. I was incredibly nervous about it up until yesterday, when I managed to get a glimpse of the space where the filming will take place. It is such a beautiful space! The moment I stepped on the grass I felt incredibly familiar and connected with it. All the anxious nerves became happy nerves full of excitement. There is so much potential, so much available nooks and crannies, so much nature and old architecture to play with -- I fell in love. So tomorrow, my entire day and video skills will be dedicated it to this amazing experience that my friend is having. I am honored.

Speaking of amazing experiences of union, there is also another cool thing I am doing this upcoming week. My dear friend and dance partner in crime, Robyn Taylor, posted a video of herself doing a workshop last summer. I watched it out of curiosity and became increasingly intrigued. The video showcases people dancing with nature - literally dancing with rocks, fields and talking about things that I haven't thought about since I was a child.

The discussion in the video also began to fuel inquiries about technology. Everyday I sit in front of a computer either to do administrative work, edit or write. Hours upon hours of sitting and using brain fuel in a sedentary way. It's been very bad for my body, especially since I've been trained in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis. Now I can pinpoint problem areas and physically tell what is wrong with me. Sometimes I bounce, shake my core, or take deep breathes to connect with my organs and center. At my office work I had to bring in juggling balls to help me with my Cross-Lateral Body Pattern movement; to also to help stimulate both sides of my brain--the creative and analytic.

By the time the end of the video rolls around I'm thinking to myself -- I need this. I need to step away from my computer and just be a child again. Because when I was a child, I did not question my relationship with nature--we were buddies. I played hide and seek with bushes and trees, painted pictures with water and mud, collected shells from the ocean and glued family photos on them to give away as gifts. I mean, what happened?

Now, don't get me wrong -- I love my technology. But lately it's starting to feel like an unnatural and incessant lamp beside my face that won't shut off. And frankly, I could use a little dark ages to get me back into my bones.

Robyn, I will see you soon and we will be dancing on land!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals Condensed Movement Workshop...what a mouthful!

On Monday I had the pleasure of doing LMA/BF work with the talented group of actors belonging to The Overcast Theater. The team is preparing for their upcoming show, The Glass Menagerie -- a classic Tennessee Williams play, directed by Jenny Adler.

I was invited to do a Movement Workshop by the talented Samanta Cubias, who is serving the show as an Assistant Director. It was a great way to practice the Laban Movement Analysis language and facilitate a group setting Bartenieff Fundamentals touch session. I had a very limited time, and basically condensed a week's worth of activities into an hour and fifteen minutes, but the group was energetic and receptive and we did it!

Movement, voice, using Effort Factors to play with character development. Experiencing the Inner expression through outer movement - it was a blast. We even created a mini Movement Choir through a simple flocking exercise. Best of all, all the deep breathing in the room left for some happy cells and glowing faces.

There is much more work to be done! Much more reading, research and writing -- especially when collecting these experiences. What works, what needs work, and more...all part of the trade.

Thank you Overcast Theater for allowing me to practice on your bodies. I cannot wait for your performance!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts performs "#0 (a space opera)"

Image from their website

Tonight I have the pleasure of doing videography for Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts at CounterPULSE for their performance of "#0 (a space opera)." This is their last performance at this venue, though I suspect the show will continue to grow and develop based on yesterdays Q&A. Last night, I got to experience the show as an OBSERVER, and it was a hilarious and terrifying ordeal. To understand what I mean, you have to see it.

The performance is tonight, June 22, 7pm at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St, SF. Visit their website and click on "Upcoming Shows" to learn more about this performance and join in on the technological dance fun!

Click here to see the SWDA site
Click here to see the CounterPULSE site
Click here for ticketing information on the Dancers' Group site

Short Description:
"#0 (a space opera)," is a highly physical, semi-improvised, evening-length performance about a small band of humans who live on a future world with no name. Created by Sheldon B. Smith and Lisa Wymore.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


I am the daughter of many voices.
It has been made so,
I can pass from one place to the next
with different eyes and mouths and minds.
It has been made so.

The wind that surges cross my brow
has been there before.
It paints inside of me a hollow home that
once upon a time, meant life and death and it
has been there before.

You carry you painful you
I carry secrets of shades and hide your features
through a song that never really ends.
Because no one wants to see you.
Because no one wants to know you
I carry secrets of shades and hide your features.




- By Rosa Lisbeth Navarrete

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Returning to nature and the novel

I am currently in a little town called Ukiah; which funny enough -- when spelled backwards -- gives us the word HAIKU! I take that as a good omen as I am here for various reasons. Reason number one: to get out of the city for the Memorial Day Weekend. Reason number two: to focus and return to writing, specifically my novel. Reason number three: for health and quiet nature time.

My partner and I spent a couple of hours bouncing back and forth between the mineral baths and the jacuzzi today. We saw a sign that said, "Mark Twain and Jack London once bathed here." Another good omen.

The nice lady at the front desk of this little-piece-of-heaven-escape-village-place told us all about the benefits of the bath. She also told us about live music in the town later on in the evening.
The Blackberry Bushes

It has been less than a day, but already I feel like I've been smacked around with an invisible "relax" stick. The baths were amazing! Amos and I looked into the mirror moments after being in them and our flesh was pink, colorful and fresh. We almost looked like we did the day we first met, but slightly more pudgy around the waist area. It was nice to see ourselves feeling and looking so rejuvenated.

Our tummies grumbled something awful after the baths, and we both headed into the small town in search of the live music and possibly a couple of drinks. Luckily, we stumbled upon a  bluegrass trio from Seattle called The Blackberry Bushes. They were so awesome that I purchased a CD; I am actually listening to it now as I write this entry. They reminded me of being in Salt Lake City, Utah last summer for the Integrated Movement Studies certification program. It brought a smile to my face thinking about Josh, Suzy, Andrea and the rest of the gang of Laban/Bartenieff movers and shakers.

On this trip, I am going to focus on cleaning up chapter three in my novel. For I have promised a dear friend (the only person on this planet who has read Chapter 1 and 2) that I would give her Chapter three to read soon. Time to challenge this writer back into her favorite thing to do. Write, write, write!

Wish me luck friends. I want to submit something by the end of Monday. Also, cheers and jazz hands to all of you who are out enjoying Memorial Day Weekend with loved ones.

Thank you to all of our veterans; the women and men who serve this great country. I am grateful to you all. May you enjoy this weekend the most.

One love,