Thursday, May 31, 2018
Last year, Michael created an Online Dance Group and invited me to join making this a group of 10 international dance educators. At the time he included me, I was bogged down with others jobs and responsibilities. Never finding any time for my creative self. I looked to Michael. I saw Michael following a dream he had, to create an Online Reading Research Dancing Live Stream Group. He had never seen such a thing, but he imagined it so. So, he contacted dance friends and got us all together. I came out of "the closet" and felt the least qualified. Still, I allowed myself to try and be my best to contribute to the dream. We all have talents to bring to the table. And in doing so we come out of our fear and allow ourselves to be seen. In being seen, we cultivate self acceptance and self respect. So it is with my experience. I began teaching Authentic Movement Classes again, I created a Facebook Page called @authenticwithlisa " and this Blog, and, created projects such as the video seen on this
Blog.... Thanks to Michael's inspiration. And Michael's dream is a success. A great group of creative souls meeting online, live stream, once a month, with love and integrity exploring the medium of dancing online through GoToMeetings. We will be presenting our findings through this year of research at the National Dance Education Organization Conference in San Diego- October 2018. Awesome! And so- when you follow your dreams, you energetically give permission for others to follow theirs.
Friday, May 25, 2018
These are some of the artists who's work inspires me; Pina Bausch, Robert Wilson, Meredith Monk, Martha Clark, Ann Carlson, and Simone Forti. I have had the enormous luck to have seen all of these great artists' work, live, on stage and it is an unforgettable, visceral experience. The work and planning that went into getting to be there in person, to a seat in the audience was formidable at times. Working extra jobs, creative travel plans, waiting on lines, and waiting and waiting for the performance to feed my soul. I was never disappointed. Now I am finally making my own work and it is in this performance/theater art venue that I am once again drawn to. I am forever grateful for these artists and performances that opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
My stage is the outdoors. It's free. It's easy access. It's inspiring. And it's my collaborator. Here is a moment in time when the "movement artists" were about to roll around on these logs ( a scene I edited out) when I looked down and found this frog. Rather than move the frog, we moved over to not disturb its rest. As I followed our movement improvisation down the logs, my iphone camera caught one of the movers (Juliet) imitating the frog's peeking out behavior!That was a nice "aha" moment for me. Working with nature means being both site/space and time specific. Heed the moment when it's there. Soon after I filmed the scenes with the Aspen, the March weather had the hill side covered in snow, then it melted into a swamp. The swamp grew into a pond with the oncoming rains. The whole basin turned into a different environment. A family of ducks would often be seen swiming, mommy duck with lots of ducklings all in a row behind her, and, my dog would go paddling after them! Never catching any but creating quite a commotion. Well, that would have been quiet a different video.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Those friends that know me, know well that my brain is NOT hard wired for technology. I struggle to connect postings and photos on the web or even worse, get lost navigating through gmail. So it is a miracle that this video got made. A miracle, a whole lot of time, and a very strong Will; is how my recipe reads. I share this so that others who may feel they aren’t quite qualified to tackle their own video project might know that I wasn’t prepared either.
The Movement/Art Video was shot entirely on my iphone 6+ and edited on the iphone as well. It was funny to be moving around with the phone in hand while I kept one eye on the screen and the other eye trying to look out for where I was walking. I also was videoing a structured improvisation while holding in mind the shadow I create and the angle of the sun. Being a clumsy dancer helped because I would fall and catch myself graceful and keep shooting the film. So it goes.
Finally, I arrived at the point of editing. Editing was imprecise with the iphone app, leaving me to estimate and intuitively sense the cuts; but this could be seen as an advantage. The immensely slow internet responses at my home were enough to throw me over the edge of sanity, so I grabbed my iphone and headed to Summer Thyme’s. I found a hot cup of coffee, a baked good, and a fast internet just the right combination to keep me going. Cafes, I find, are interesting spaces that offer privacy in a public setting with no interruptions. I guess you could say that the video was conceived in nature and birthed at Summer Thyme’s Cafe
Friday, May 4, 2018
The inspiration for this video comes from my daily walks in nature with my large hunting dog, Perry. We head out of our back gated yard into a black oak and cedar forest, and then down a trail to the old Idaho Maryland Mine. The Mine area has lots of interesting junk left behind from the mining and logging companies, and, I invent stories as I pass these objects by, re-purposing them. A deep but small ceramic bowl lodged well into the ground bearing a thin metal cover. What might come out from that? Then there is the surrounding wilderness. I learn so much from observing nature along the trail that resonates on many layers of meaning for me. Once the trail hits the old mine all the vegetation changes into new growth Manzanitas, Pines and Scotch Brooms. Somehow, surviving all the changes is an old, tall and broken, Quaking Aspen guarding a lower region that turns into a swamp with the heavy spring rains. I believe this tree taps into the soul of the world and has understandings that are a mystery to me. I can only imagine what this Aspen has stood witness to among the madness of men. This is a judgment of mine, and I question it. I know I am interconnected to this history like it or not. Contrast this with the calls from nature to witness, sense,merge and inspire rituals. These separated parts of my psyche dialog with each other, looking for home, for belonging somewhere.