Monday, September 14, 2009

Save the date: Fall Improv in Lower Manhattan

Sunday October 25 at 4 pm
City Hall Park
Please join us to explore the Fall season as we gather for the third installment of The Seasons Project.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Dawn is showing at Under Minerva

...of Paradise

A Natural Hybrid

bright, colorful, odd
strong, sharp, sophisticated
My heart is beating like a jungle drum
Bum bum-bum ba-ba-ba ba-bum

This piece, inspired by our Summer improvisation in Ft Tryon Park, will eventually be fused into The Seasons Project. This first showing, an sectional outline, if you will, (...of Paradise) is a holographic image of the mating worlds of birds and humans in preparation for love. We are inescapably human, but how much of what we do to get ready to woo is mirrored elsewhere in the natural world? The Birds of Paradise preen and clean themselves and their homes to charm their mates. Don't we humans do the same? Through the lens of the multitude of colors, smells, sounds, and tastes that summer offers us, let your senses brim with the ripeness of the season and its excitements.

Performance at Under Minerva, 656 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY. 8pm, tickets are $6.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Reflections...Rehearsing Summer this Fall

Thank you friends who joined us in Ft Tryon Park on August 3! It was great to see friendly faces and meet some new folks. And thank you dancer friends (young and old) who surprised us with your willingness to jump right in and participate along side of us. We had a beautiful day for it, and our setting overlooking the river was gorgeous. For the improv, Dawn guided us through noticing the sounds (lots of birds, rustling leaves, an ice cream truck, and the occasional airplane overhead). A guitar player nearby inspired us with Flamenco-like rhythm and melody. Other highlights were a red-light/green-light inspired improvisational game and a wind-blowing-trees study. We spent a lot of the time exploring bird-like movement, something Dawn is focusing on in the studio with the dancers right now. She is working this fall to cull that material from our Summer improv into a dance section to be shown at Under Minerva later this month and then ultimately as part of the larger project. We were also able to capture these sounds for our future sound score. Stay tuned for more details, and for our Fall improv date.