To come, to come…

Mark your calendars….

May 15 2pm at Barnevelder we perform in the Fieldwork Showcase.  You will see brand new dance, fabulous dolls, poems and short stories this year. ALSO, BIG RELEASE of my new short at this event.  Can’t wait to show you! I’ve written about Fieldwork on here before.  Read further to hear more.

May 21 7:30 pm at Archway Gallery.  Our artist collaborator, Donna E. Perkins’ paintings are in exhibit and we are dancing amongst them.  Frame dancing among paintings created from Frame Dancers.  It doesn’t get more saturated than that.  This is a “don’t miss” event.

June 10,11 8pm at Barnevelder we perform in the Big Range Dance Festival.  It’s a full bill with lots of exciting choreographers and new work.  And they do sell out.

A little more about Fieldwork:

Fieldwork has changed my life as an artist in several ways.   First, it has given me structure and accountability.  To have a group ready and willing to give feedback on my works-in-progress every week has been a challenge to continue to create new work.  While there is never any guilt if I don’t have work to show at a weekly session, I recognize it as a lost opportunity to gain valuable feedback from the artists.  It’s a momentum that all artists need.

It has changed my perspective on creating work.  Fieldwork has given me permission to linger in the process, and to realize that I’m free to create work even if it doesn’t result in a final product to show publically.  It’s exercise, it’s struggle, it’s sinking into creation.  For me, art is between 98 and 99.9% process, versus the final product.  Showing work that is mid-process has always felt risky.  But through Fieldwork I’ve challenged myself to show work in its first stage, when it’s barely begun.  While this is very vulnerable, it opens the work to so many more possibilities and freshness outside of my own boundaries.  Invaluable.  In this way, Fieldwork had allowed me to grow in my perspective of my work and myself.  It isn’t about proving myself, but allowing the work to develop— surrendering to the process.

Thirdly, Fieldwork has provided a community of diverse artists.  Poets, dollmakers, choreographers, filmmakers, actors, musicians, costume designers… I relish the valuable perspectives of artists outside of my genre.  It’s really all about opening ideas and breaking my self-constructed boundaries in the way I approach my work. I’ve come to use their words, reactions, experiences, and perspectives on my work as fuel to grow and take the work in new directions.

I recommend Fieldwork to everyone who considers herself an artist—professional or amateur.  We all possess creativity, and it must be nurtured.


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