Many greetings,

I wanted to have a space for letting folks know what's going on with the company....keeping us current, and letting you in on some of the thinking behind the work we're doing.

Saturday
Mar072015

March 2015

Long, deep breath.  Sunshine and I are working on building a new business.  We hope to open Azure Aerial Arts in about another month, thus opening Johnson City's first dedicated aerial studio, offering aerial yoga, silks, trapeze and lyra.  We'll also have a modern dance class, well, just 'cause.

My hope and dream is to DO what needs to be DONE.  I've had endless people ask about having community aerial classes, and ETSU is not set up for that.  So a public studio is called for.  I also really hope that this proves to be a career move for Sunshine.  I would love to see her take over the studio and just allow me to play there until I drop off the edge of the univers into some greater adventure.

Sunshine was my first aerial partner, and there is a special bond that forms with someone who has held your life in their hands.  You trust, you talk a lot, puzzle things out together, discover, and all you end up wanting is more time with that person.  

We were talking yesterday about dreams.   Dreams deferred, dreams lived, dreams yet to come.  I think we all hold regrets.  Going through a lot of changes turning 50 has lead me to re-assess in a very new way.  I don't have regrets, not big ones.  Of course I regret fussing with my beloved partner Mark, or saying the wrong things sometimes, but I don't regret the course of my life.  I've followed my nose.  I've made silly choices for all the wrong reasons, but I've ended up meeting great people, having astounding experiences, realizing none of us is perfect, loving deeply, and most of all, DANCING.

I realized the other day that the only thing I really WANT to do is rinse and repeat: get up today, teach company class, work on the improvisations we're building, get up on the silks and explore the ideas itching in the back of my head, and feel the soft delight of....of friendships we share in the company, the stretch and opposition of muscles sliding through dance, of my forearms burning on the silks, of the impact of blue sky as we all step out of the studio and drive off into our separate lives, of walking along the drive and looking for the sweet sharp faces of crocus blooming.

All life needs is us noticing.  And it is all so glorious.

Friday
Jan132012

January, 2012

This is the 30th anniversary of our company!  Very proud to be at the helm of such a vibrant group of dancers!  We have four performances coming up this spring, very diverse shows: a mixed aerial and floor show at Sulpher Springs School for an ABC grant- nice to be back in the school systems.

I am working with the dancers now on our piece for the ETSU show.  My dream is to have a fully integrated aerial and floor piece, and I'm meditating on how waves wash up on a shore, since the theme of the concert is water.  I lived up in Maine for many years, with the sound of the ocean a constant sift, pour and hush in the background.  I keep seeing how it's a metaphor for how we find and lose people in our lives- no surprise that is much on my mind these days.

I remember thinking, when learning about yogic breathing, that the small round of breath was an encapsulation of larger cycles, of living and dying, of seasons passing, of the earth traveling through orbits.....and so this idea of a wave, rising, falling, washing and retreating, carrying from one shore to another all that it carries...seeing how that translates to what we carry, how we carry each other, how we let each other go with fear, compassion, grace, pain....it's the wave of living.

Just a few thoughts on a snowy morning with the farm in a deep, restful hush all about. 

Tolkien's words about dying in my mind:

"Death is just another path.  One that we all must take.  The grey rain curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass.  And then you see it; white shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise."

A soldier's vision, a vision of home. 

Saturday
May212011

May 2011

We're well into May, flowers are everywhere, the air is heady with the scent of honeysuckle, and we are preparing for our week with Erin Law!! WHAT could be sweeter than that?

This time with Erin is my yearly shot in the arm as a dance teacher, performer and choreographer. Erin is a genius at creating meaning in movement...that's not even the right way to say it....hmmm...she is very real and PRESENT, so her movement has meaning ALL THE TIME.

To roll around in her movement is to be ON the learning curve, for me. I can just watch, open up, listen, and be, and what she is inviting us to learn enters in through my pores. When Erin and I were working on the solo I commissioned from her in 2009, there was very little need for talking- she made suggestions, and I knew what she wanted. It was a magical experience for both of us, and one I am eager to try again.

Erin is coming to us fresh from earning her MA in dance at Smith College. So there is a lot of unpacking to do....it is one thing to go through the educational process, it is another to then really study all that you have learned, to unpack it, get it into your own drawers and hangers, and make the material your own. I'm looking forward to our work being the first chance Erin will have to open that treasure trove post-graduation, and see what we find inside!!

My dream is to have Erin give a concert here at ETSU that is an evening of her works. The concerts with Daniel Charon and Katie Diamond have been rich events for dance here, and I see Erin's pieces as storytelling wonderlands, a chance to see a young and vibrant choreographer in the bloom of her career.....stay tuned!