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Did you know the Bayou Greenways 2020 project from @Houston Parks Board – Parks by You will create a continuous parks system along Houston’s major waterways? Come celebrate the progress and our city at #BayouGreenwayDay April 4! www.BayouGreenwayDay.org

The free, family-friendly event will take place on Brays Bayou in the East End and will feature fun activities like biking, kayaking, a fun run, Zumba, music and more! www.BayouGreenwayDay.org

The Framers are performing at noon, embarking from Mason Park.  Meet us there!

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MFA Monday: Why I Despise the Word “Passion”

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 MFA rightor Establishing our Own Value

 

by Matthew Cumbie

 

How much is my career worth? How much is my art work worth? When is it ok for me to ask for expect compensation for my services?

 

These are questions that I struggle with almost daily. And I’m willing to wager my small salary that many of you struggle with these same, or similar, questions at various points in your artistic career. Why is that? What is the cause for this dilemma? And when did it become O.K. to divert our attention from addressing these questions by saying, “Oh, you do it because you love it”?

 

Before I go any further, I want to say that I feel very, very fortunate for my current situation and for those experiences and situations that have led me to where I am. I realize that few opportunities to do what I do exist, and to get paid to do those things is sometimes unreal. And I love what I do. But I don’t ever recall this to be a reason that we not pay someone for their work. Returning to our questions above, the reasons could by many: too little funding, it’s a great experience, I don’t have a budget, and many others that we could compile over a few glasses of wine I’m sure. And while these all might be true and very valid, I would like to throw one (or two, depending on how you look at it) more in the mix that I find often unacknowledged: you and me.

 

That’s right. We are sometimes the cause of our own problems, especially in this situation. I say this because we, as performers and makers and teachers, perpetuate this problem of not paying artists when we participate in this cycle. We do it because we have no other option. We do it because we want to be involved in this love affair at whatever the cost. We do it because we know that if we don’t, someone else will…and for free. We do it because we want that, that right there, on our CV. You know, so when we decide that we’re marketable or valuable we’ll have more artistic weight to throw around. And that’s the magic button- we decide.

 

This is where the water gets murky, though.

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The Framers head to Aggie Land!

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After a fantastic performance in Austin, we’re packing up our costumes and heading to College Station to perform in the Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival.  We’re excited to be in a festival environment to see the other dance performances and meet new artists.  We’ve been resetting “Divide by Five” on three new dancers, and our veteran Dance Captain Jackie.  (Please know my terminology is used with the largest sense of sarcasm you can handle.)  May I say, it is looking gooood.

This music is composed by Robert McClure and was the 2013 winner of our annual Frame Dance Composition Competition.

Get your tickets now and hit the road with us. Houston, see Aggies in their natural habitats.

Here’s Divide by Five with Luke Hubley, gyil when we performed it in Ecouter, June 2013:

Costumes by the talented Ashley Horn.

 

Divide By Five from Frame Dance Productions on Vimeo.

Tuesday Tunes

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Tuesday TunesHi Framers!  We are heading into a series about performances.  I’ve realized I’ve been really bad about how I send the dancers into performances.  I’m often so pulled in a million directions with things to get ready for the performance, that I haven’t even hugged them!  Often, they are the only thing I can trust to be ready.  But it is important to have a moment, ritual, prayer before you go on to pull the company together in mind, body, and spirit.

 

Starting next week, we’re asking the Framers how they prepare for a performance– what is one thing they always do? how do they feel in performance? how do they unwind after a performance?

 

So today we’re starting with that strange french word “Merde” that dancers say to one another before a performance.  Actors say “break a leg,” but for dancers that is said to be bad luck.  It’s clear that even professional dancers don’t always know why dancers say “merde.”  Do you?  Here’s an article by Dance Enthusiast who asked professionals in the field why dancers say “merde” before performances.

Links We Like– Events We Like Edition

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Last week, the Framers performed for 400 people at the Blanton Museum in Austin with Fast Forward blanton_musiciansAustin Music Festival.  The show featured music by FFA co-founders Ian Dicke, Steven Snowden, and Robert Honstein (winner of the Frame Dance Composition Competition in 2014).  Frame Dance performed Honstein’s An Index of Possibility alongside Baylor Percussion Group.  We love live music!

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Here’s what’s coming up

 

Oct. 1, 2014.  We co-curated the Third Coast Dance Film Festival which will be held at DiverseWorks free to the public. 6pm.

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metrodances_flierNEW! November 8, 2014 (Houston) Frame Dance premieres METRO DANCES for a stage in motion: the METRORail.  METRO DANCES will begin at themetrodances_logo Hermann Park/Rice U METRORail Station and finish at the Preston stop with a final performance in Market Square.  Audiences are invited to ride the rail with the dancers and musicians to see this performance on and off the light rail.  METRO DANCES will feature a new work for percussion by Charles Halka.   METRO DANCES is made possible by support from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and METRO.

 

Oct. 3-4, 2014 (College Station) We perform Divide by Five in the Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival at Texas A&M University!

 

Nov. 7, 2014 (Houston)  We are back on the runway with DiverseWorks’s Fashion Fete! We created the dance for the fashion show last year, and we’re fashionfete_2014pumped to be back. And you know we love fashion.

We hope to see you soon! We’d love to have you in rehearsal too!  Like to help?  We will need some fabulous volunteers on November 8. (You’ll get a Framer shirt.) Contact us for the hook up.

 

To Art!

Lydia and the Framers

(more exciting performance announcements coming next week!)

3 thoughts I have in yoga

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that automatically make me feel like I’m failing my Zen journey.

1.  “exhale” does NOT always mean “sigh it out.”

2.  get your happy baby rocking feet out of my face.

3.  please attempt a consistent rate of windshield wiper feet because I do not want to keep playing footsie.

Please tell me I’m not the only one?!

Rehearsal notes, part 1

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Rehearsal Notes– dancers, I’ve made some notes so you can know you’re on track while listening.  2 tiny changes you’ll see as well.  I added one more retrograded A-I motion for D in the first round, and I took away one of the bells at the very last build up.  I must have been off by one.

Part 1– Repose

1-5 JB (AH walks)

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Frame Dance Rehearsal

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Frame Dance Rehearsal

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Yesterday in rehearsal, we celebrated Laura Gutierrez’s birthday. We all laughed as her fellow dancers carried her throughout the room to Donna Lewis’ “I love you, always forever.” After starting off on a fun and energetic note, they wasted no time getting into the movement. Lydia taught the dancers new movement before reviewing their work from previous rehearsals. They experimented with different music to give their movements a more distinctive feel.

One of the new sections they learned was inspired by Lydia’s visit to the Blanton Museum, where Frame Dance will be performing  September 18th.  The section involved using the space in an interactive walking  sequence, and is something I will look forward to seeing during the performance.

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The dancers combined their previous work and new sections together weaving an intricate larger dance piece. The dancers took their cues from the different components of the music. The music for their next show is composed by Robert Honstein and named An Index of Possibility, which will be performed live at the Blanton Museum in Austin. Don’t forget to mark your calendars, because this is a performance you won’t want to miss!

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Hi Framers,

Would you take a moment to help us improve the blog?  We want to give you the best #framer blog experience, and we want to hear from you.  Would you take this anonymous, super short survey? Plus, it’s Friday and online quizzes are fun.

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photo by Lena Silva

J.Boe and L. Gutierrez rehearsing “Divide by Five.”