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I’ve been following the Dance Anywhere movement for a few years now. And secretly I’ve participated in my living room. And now I’d like to rally some Framer support of the movement. What does it mean? Dance wherever you are on March 22 at 2pm central time. What if everyone, everywhere danced at once? Participate with us! Here’s some more information:
About dance anywhere®
What if there was a public celebration of dance everywhere, around the world, simultaneously? What if, in one moment, the whole world started dancing? Why wait for a performance opportunity to come your way? No audition, no application, no references, no formal dance training needed. Everyone is invited!
dance anywhere® is a simultaneous worldwide public art performance and we want YOU to be the star! For the past 8 years, people of all ages and artistic capacities have made dances in parks, museums, street corners, schools, work places, community centers, offices, and just about anywhere you can imagine. Participants have been professional dancers and artists, plumbers, doctors, soccer players, teachers and politicians. Some dances are choreographed, some are improvised, and some stretch the definition of what dance is.
We hope you will participate on Friday, March 22, 2013 at noon CA, 3pm NY: (click here for your time).
Where will you be?
At work? Taking a lunch break? In class? Running an errand? In line at the bank? The library? The grocery store? Walking the dog in the park?… Perfect! Your participation doesn’t need to be an event you plan months in advance! … Tap your foot, do a little jig, bob your head… You have our permission. And you will be joined by thousands around the world. Get together with your friends, family, colleagues or strangers on the street – wherever you will be – and have some fun!
the mission of dance anywhere®
Build community by engaging people worldwide in a simultaneous, public art, performance
Reconsider the definition of art, public space, and community
Make dance accessible to more people
Change perspectives through community art experiences
Artist Beth Fein first created dance anywhere® in 2005 …what if there was a public celebration of dance anywhere and everywhere simultaneously? Why wait for a performance opportunity to come your way? No audition, application, no references, no formal dance training needed. Everyone is invited no matter age or ability.
Beth Fein originally conceived the idea in an effort to acknowledge dance practice (rehearsal, class, etc) as an art form, that formal performances are only a part of dance, that the less observed dance practice is also an art form. As a dancer and visual artist, Fein has continued to develop this original concept to not only blur the line between art practice and art, but to dissolve the line that often separates art and dance from our daily lives. This is dance that transforms our familiar and ordinary locations.
To learn more about Beth Fein and her dance and visual arts practice visit www.bethfein.com.
Hi Framers! Lydia here. Hasn’t our wonderful new Development Assistant, Lena Silva been doing a fabulous job on the blog? We’re also really excited that Technology Director Jonathon Hance brought the blog onto our website, so it’s all nice and neat, and easy to cruise the site. Have you seen our videos? Checked out our beautiful artists? Mosey over. Later.
We had a fabulous run of To the Brim, a collaboration with Charles Halka. It premiered at the JCC Dance Month Choreographers X6. We will do it again, I keep getting requests! Thanks for your enthusiasm, we love the piece too.
I am currently in the middle of editing our new film Quiver. Maybe you’ve seen some photos of it on our facebook page? Our own Ashley Horn (and a Houston Top 100 Creative) made these beautiful long blue skirts. We will premiere this beauty in April at the Frame Dance Soiree. That’s right folks, you heard it here first. We’re having a par-tay. More details coming so very soon. Mark Hirsch is composing the music, and we’re thrilled to bring him into the Frame Dance madness.
And thirdly, I am in the midst of listening to our 2013 Composition Winner’s music. We’ve talked about Rob McClure before. This guy on the right.
He wrote some exciting music, and I am really challenged by the rhythm and energy of it. And that’s what I look for in music– something that challenges me. First, I listen for something the draws me in, and holds me in. You know that feeling when you are listening to something on the radio in the car, and you get so lost in it your body goes into autopilot and you end up driving to some place in your usual routine? Like work or the grocery store? You just end up there. Like the music consumes you and your flesh just goes into autopilot. And second, it has to scare me a little. Not literally. But choreographically. I am pulled in, consumed, and then utterly unsettled on what I will create. That’s how I pick music. Micah Clark, Charles Halka and this year’s Rob McClure all composed music that did that to me. That piece will premiere in our spring concert on June 28-29. The show will be called Ecouter. I’m not sure how to make an accent over the “e” on this computer, so please forgive me, dear Francophone Framer.
In summary, stay tuned and come to our Frame Dance Soiree to see Quiver, and mark your calendars for Ecouter coming June 28-29.
TGIF – Thank goodness it’s FRIDAY!
Kick the weekend off right and
check out these awesome links!
Have a very happy Frame Friday and weekend!
It’s Friday! It’s Friday! It’s Friday!
Finally, we get to share the links we liked this week:
like this one…
On the politics of nudity in art, one dancer’s choice to break the mold…
Choreographed by LA based artist, Matt Luck
Enjoy and Happy Frame Friday!
How lucky we are to have Amanda Jackson back for her third entry on MFA Monday. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy…she even shares a choreographic exercise with us.
Amanda Jackson holds an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. She is a performer, choreographer, educator, stylist, and avid cooking improviser. Her work has been presented across Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana with a notable experience at Harvard University with collaborator, Matthew Cumbie. Amanda is Co-Director of Big Rig Dance Collective in Denton, TX and Adjunct Professor of Dance at Tarrant County College Northwest. www.ajdance.org
MFA: Little and Big Things
Part 3 – Absence: Nothing equals something
By Amanda Jackson
For my last blog entry I had every intention of sharing some experiences of my life after graduate school centered on working as an adjunct professor. Weeks ago, I even reached out to some very respected colleagues to assemble some of their insights into this line of work. You see I graduated with my MFA this past May, so I haven’t been away from that intense graduate school environment for very long. Immediately following graduation I began working as an adjunct professor at a local community college – working with brand new groups of students along with faculty whom I truly admire but rarely see. I also recently moved to a new city that is just far enough away from most of my grad cohort (who stuck around the North Texas area), making a regular commute to socialize and create with them more challenging. Basically, I feel like I’ve been dropped into a new world. A world that is a bit lonely and less rigorous compared to the processes I was involved in as an MFA student. I reached out to my respected colleagues with these words: I am just feeling a giant shift… I feel stale, uninspired, and without a close support group. Has anyone else felt this way? What are some strategies you use to feel fulfilled as professional artists while working with new student populations in new academic environments?
What I have been feeling is absence. I recently stumbled across the concept of absence in a creative discussion with my brilliant friend Matthew Cumbie, who shared his MFA Monday arc just before me. Matt and I created a duet together in 2010, presenting and performing the work in several different venues across the US. He is currently developing a few ideas from our work in a new solo that he premiered a couple of weeks ago in DC. Over the phone, Matt expressed that it didn’t feel quite the same to perform without me. I then suggested: “Why don’t you incorporate a score of dancing with me? I’ll just be absent.” Simple enough. We all might have played with similar scores choreographically or in a performance context… But this thought stuck with me. Absence. I think it stuck because of my current transitional state between student life and professional life. I’ve been feeling an absence of fulfillment as an artist. Things that were readily available as an MFA student that aided in my artistic fulfillment – rehearsal space, close collaborators, deep critical inquiry, nearby faculty to provide insight and feedback – well these things don’t easily exist outside of graduate school. All of these luxuries quickly vanished once I graduated and it feels a bit like a divorce… I grew accustomed to a certain way of life, a certain way of creating, and I suddenly lost it all.
I want to note that I do not necessarily equate absence with loss… I believe absence to be temporal; a state of being where we can regain what we feel is not currently present. To shed some positive light on a word with negative connotations, we can say that nothing does equal something. The absence of ___________ is the presence of ___________. Although I am straying from my initial intentions for this blog, I feel compelled to do a little brainstorming about absence. The absence of my initial intention is the presence of this investigation of absence. Rather than trying to over analyze or structure my new investigation, I’ll offer you some questions and threads of thought that are currently stirring in my mind:
There’s something in the air. Or, there’s something not in the air. I’ve had the same discussions with other artists, friends, and family about feeling like something is absent from our lives. Lots of people feel it… the desire to streamline, simplify, give it all up and start over, run a bookstore, run away, work at Whole Foods, experience every sunset, develop quality work, live a quality life, and breathe in something that seems to be absent. Maybe in this state of absence we are becoming more open to possibility and change. At least that’s how I prefer to look at it. Perhaps we are waiting for a jolt or impulse to re-enliven our present situations. Waiting. Does waiting only imply passivity? Can waiting also imply listening? Maybe this sense of absence is the jolt, jolting us to listen to our desires of simplicity, quality, or what ever it is that we deem as fulfilling right now.
To conclude my arc, I want to share an exercise developed by choreographer Meg Stuart found in her book, Are we here yet? This is an exercise that I’m dying to try. Maybe you want to experience it with a partner as well. You might even allow your imagination travel through her prompts. Either way, we can appreciate the inherent melding of absence and presence here.
Remote partners in contact
Hug your partner for an extended period of time. Imagine you are saying goodbye to each other. Don’t speak. Begin to explore proximity to each other, allow distance between you, then come close to each other again, but don’t touch. As you stand very close to each other, imagine that you are very far apart. Stand on opposite sides of the room. Try going behind objects in the room so that you can’t see each other. Move around the space not looking for each other. One person stays in the studio while the other goes into the dressing room or outside, all the while both stick to the agreement that you are in a duet. Spend a long time away from each other in separate parts of the city, town, or place you are in. You can go and have a coffee or run an errand but the experience is completely informed by your partner who is not there. Remain in metaphysical contact even as the physical distance between you grows. Write down your experiences and share them with your partner when you meet again.
Happy Friday Framers!
It’s Friday and here are the links that got me through the week:
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My personal favorite response: “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” – Karl, age 5 My sentiments exactly.
Another rave review for Mr. Cumbie’s series contributing to the Frame Dance blog’s “MFA Monday”! Congrats Matt, we’re honored to have you as a contributor!
Frame Lovers everywhere, allow me to introduce….. (yes, this would be the drum roll part)
Lena Silva, our newest member to the Frame Dance crew. Officially we call her our Development Assistant. We’re so excited. I want you to know how fabulous she really is, so I had her answer a few get-to-know-you questions. Repeat Drum Roll Here. Disclaimer: she’s an artsy smarty pants. So get ready.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m originally from Friendswood, Texas and moved to Houston in 2009 to attend Rice University. I’ll be graduating this May with a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology and Bachelor’s of Art with Honors in The Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. I’ve been dancing since I was a little girl but really fell in love with modern and postmodern movement when I joined the Rice Dance Theatre. Rice has also given me the opportunity to write an honors thesis on a topic that I chose: Contact Improvisation and its relationship to feminism and female empowerment. I am so excited to share a little bit of my research on the Frame blog!
What was your first Frame Dance experience?
My first Frame Dance experience was at the Contemporary Arts Museum in 2010 when Kristen, Alex and Lydia performed “Points and Coordinates.” I remember marveling at the use of different, but complimentary mediums: an ongoing film, recorded music, live dancers on a white sheet with dark charcoal in their hands. By the end of the dance I wasn’t sure what I had seen – a dance? performance art? the transformation of a white sheet? But, I was sure that I wanted to see more!
What are you most excited about as the Frame Dance Development Assistant?
I am most excited about getting to know the Framers and their collaborators and learning from their exceptional skill and creativity. But, I am also so excited to grow and add content to the Frame Dance blog – now I have a legitimate excuse for surfing the web and watching fun YouTube videos!
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I really started dancing seriously in high school – as part of the Wranglerette Drill Team. For those of you not from the south, a “Drill Team” is a dance ensemble that performs during half time of football games. That’s right just good ‘ol fashioned high kicking in a cowgirl hat and boots…