Finale – or not…

We finished our run at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival last night with our show The History of (my) Dance. There are still 2 days left of the festival, and I will be relaxing, and enjoying shows during both. I’m sitting here, enjoying my lunch and a little down time, and trying to process a […]

The Choreographer Equation, or Process

Recently, the subject of my process has come up a couple of times in conversations with others. I thought I would ponder on this a bit and share the results here. I wrote this thinking about the works that I’m proudest of: Dancing with Death from 2011, and The Forgotten Angle from 2015. My guess […]

Containing the madness

And I’m back. “Just like that.” After an awful fall of feeling incredibly burnt out, and a couple of months of hibernating and creating space, I am fully engaged in my art. I’m taking 2-3 classes a week, rehearsing with Smiling Lune, and working on my personal practice at home. I’ve got a couple of […]

Beginning Again

There’s a novelty in beginnings with new things to learn and discover. The pressure felt by the expert is gone. You can rediscover your missing sense of wonder and accomplishment. There are new angles and approaches to life that you may have missed. I have gone back to the beginning. I’ve started taking 2 beginning […]

Tree of (my) Art

Coming back from burnout is a hard road. I’m coming to terms with the fact that my art and “enjoyment” of it had become intrinsically tied only to external measures of success. And in my head, only near sellout shows would qualify. Never mind that I choose to work a day job so commercial success […]

Reclamation

About a month and a half ago, I started transforming my new space into somewhere that I love. The process has been long and tedious. All of my spare time has gone to working on my space. I have been stripping wood, sanding, staining, and varnishing. My books are packed away, safe from dust and […]

Transformation

This month has been hard. I’m about half way through some pretty major changes around my dance. Smiling Lune is closing its studio. I am ending my regular dance offerings for now. I’ll be limiting my teaching to company rehearsals and private lessons. A couple of company members are moving on to other endeavors. I […]

Defining space

One important barrier I’ve had to creating has been a lack of space. I’ve been trying to practice my dance, write, study, and choreograph on top of other people and their stuff. It hasn’t been working out so well. I have spent plenty of wasted energy feeling annoyed at people leaving their things in the […]

Weaving art

I’m feeling a need to reconnect with my art. This need is one of the main reasons that I started this blog. The extra challenge as a dancer is that I need to make time for both pursuing the artistic side of life while attempting to keep my body in top form. As I do […]