Plié with me…. just a demi.

Stand with feet together. Heels touching. Big toe knuckles touching. Pick up all ten toes and then put them down, sensing a small space in between each toe. Shift forward slightly onto the balls of the feet so that the heels become lighter. Shift the weight back to the heels. Equalize your weight across the…

Writing Practice: One Red Leaf

One red leaf. Hanging moss. Blue sky with pre-storm clouds wafting over lake water flecked with gold light. Breeze. Can I hear it? Moving the hanging moss ever so gently. Chaos inside. Calm out here. One red leaf. Certainly not a sign of autumn. Oh. More red leaves. Eyes adjust and sift through the lush…

Writing Practice: A Whole Bottle and Two Cans

A wine glass on three metal coasters. Misaligned coasters. Square coasters. Bronze coasters. Matching coasters. They each are engraved with a scene of flowers. Sunflowers. These matching, engraved surfaces are pretty, but make the coasters hard to maneuver into perfect, stacking alignment. The coasters sit, in their wonky, pinwheel relationship, under the wine glass but…

Writing Practice: The Middle Tiki Torch

The middle tiki torch is older than the ones that flank it on the left and the right. Yes, it’s center-stage. Its wick is frayed and its oil tank, hidden by the weaved braid of its tiki-leaf container, is probably empty. A lizard, black-brown and speckled, is clamped motionless, head toward the ground, tail toward…

Can’t hold the thoughts in any longer

A crisis of identity and exhaustion. An opportunity to recalibrate in big ways. There’s a whole list of things that I can’t quite separate into clear ideas that I can begin to sort through. It’s a list but it’s all jumbled and items relate to each other in ways that feels like an old piece…

CKA: voice recognition (round 4)

It’s taken a while for me to post this but the project is still going! This is my interpretation of Mina’s 2nd text (voice recognition) dance sent to me. She had just finished a performance in New Orleans with a group of folks who’d been with Deborah Hay again and the text, this time, was…

CKA: voice recognition (round 3)

Here we go again! The motivation to keep this project going is strong. I’m completely in love with it and how it’s keeping me immersed in a way of being with dance in a new and playful way. Also, I can’t describe the gratitude I have for Mina’s collaborative adventurousness. I sent another text dance…

CKA: voice recognition (round 2)

CKA: voice recognition continues…… Mina returned the favor and sent a dance via text instruction to me (Baton Rouge to Orlando). I worked on the translation and as Mina and Rikki reported from the first round (that they felt like they were visiting with me), it felt like Mina was with me in some mystical,…

CKA: voice recognition (round 1)

07/17/18 Another CKA project became a thing yesterday. CKA: voice recognition CoCo sent a dance via text instruction while she was driving from Orlando to Pensacola. Mina brought the instructions to rehearsal and translated them into the dance shown here. The series will go on and on until we understand how (our) voices turn into…

start….continue…dig in. repeat.

From Santa Fe times. Mike Boyko on djembe. Me trying to feel the feels. I think he was coming down with a pretty bad cold. It was cold outside. I was searching for something in me that I was fairly certain had been lost. It hadn’t. It was hibernating. The spirals testify. Now we are…