What a rewarding experience. Super Sunday turned out to be a super success. Josh and I were facilitating movement as a part of this collective interdisciplinary studio space that Feverhead had set up for the Wexner Center for the Arts‘ Black Mountain College Exhibit. We had come with our  movement scores ready and with a mind set of flexibility to be prepared for whatever the afternoon brought. We ended up dropping any preconceived scores and just seamlessly slipping into the vibe of the space. Our fellow Feverhead key holders had set up stations in each of their respective arts and creative outlets, but the space was just begging for collaboration. None of us stayed in “our” space. We cohesively decided to play and explore throughout the entire experience. From the moment people walked through the doors, visited the Black Mountain College exhibit  and made their way up the escalator into our world they were immersed in an environment of experimentation and research. I spent time drawing, drumming, lying, wondering, playing with video, text and alternate realities. It was fantastic, and the more we would play- the more the participants passing through would play with us too. Both young and old were so open and inviting with their creativity and it created such a rich experience for all. I felt very lucky to be a part of this event and thankful that experiences like this are available to our community in such a trying time in our society and world.

As a Key Holder at FEVERHEAD, myself and fellow “feverheaders” are so excited about this upcoming Super Sunday @ The Wexner Center for the Arts! Super Sunday is an interdisciplinary studio with local artists and organizations- This Sunday come join all of us from FEVERHEAD while you explore the latest exhibition of Black Mountain College!

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Check it out! http://www.wexarts.org/public-programs/interdisciplinary-studio-for-all-feverhead

Dancers/ Movers: Nicole Garlando, Josh Hines and myself will be facilitating The mo͞ovmənt kôrnər! …….a space for experimenting with body, shape, space, partnership, narrative, imagery and (of course) movement! Participants will be led through dances and scores- directed to build, tear apart, morph and expand imagination. Come dance with us, there is no experience needed. Bring your mind, your voice and your self. Participants are encouraged to be inspired by other mediums and aspects of the exhibition as well, so gather as you go and feel free to bring photos, drawings, text, poetry or thoughts from what you experience along the way.

 

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi, The Essential Rumi

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On November 4th I will be hosting, facilitating a dance/ movement/ improvisation class @ FEVERHEAD in Grandview, Ohio. The class will explore  guided improvisation, play with different movement scores, and work with spoken word or text. No experience is needed, just willingness in mind and body!

Come with the mindset of play and experimentation and if you’d like to…. come with a piece of text that already speaks to you or resonates in your mind, body and bones!! Otherwise, I will bring some to play with as well!

Hope to see you there.
Fee: $10-15 sliding scale ( OR pay what you can)

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This Saturday, October 29th @ 7pm at Columbus Dance Theatre there will be a show that benefits heroin survivors and prevention. CMCo (Columbus Moving Co.) will be dancing two works in the show- One solo by CMCo’s very own, Jeff Fouch, and one improvised group piece, among other works from Columbus artists. Let’s celebrate art’s ability to positively influence our community. It’s a beautiful and very important cause- We hope to see you there!!!

GLACIER stands for Great Lakes Area Contact Improvisation Enthusiast Retreat.

About 30 people from around the nation, including myself, gathered together  in Wisconsin for three to five days to learn, explore, play and try out concepts of Contact Improvisation and Improvisation.  When it comes to Contact Improv, I definitely still consider myself a novice….. in fact I think I always will. There is something new to learn in every single dance that is shared between two people. There is always more room for listening, for enhancing the seamlessness, for deepening the practice. I’ve found that the small discoveries in this unique dance help inform many other practices both in the studio space and in the “great” practice of life. One of the many things I took away from GLACIER, was the significance of patience. Patience with one’s self, the patience with the dance, and the patience with the discoveries. Things will sometimes occur at a glacial pace- AND THATS OKAY.

This is a new concept- as someone who’s been born out of training in classical forms, there is sometimes a desire to focus on the end product, a feeling of urgency to move or to make something happen rather than to LET it happen. Contact Improvisation is so beautifully designed in a way that forces a mindset of allowance and openness. You can certainly have an agenda, but who’s to say that your partner is going to listen- maybe they have a different idea. The compromise that must happen to create a dance can only happen from a place of tuning in, of sensing and authentically listening. I’ve found that, for me, this most often means dropping expectations of myself and immersing myself in the journey of patience. I listen to the thoughts race around in my ahead- most often thoughts of judgement, of evaluation of my movement or the supposed “value” of the dance I am having with somebody… BUT if I wait long enough and sit in that patience I can let those thoughts wash through and authentic movement comes instead. What is left when the thoughts are gone- simplicity and sensation and impulse. These foster a beautiful relationship in the dance and can communicate to your partner that you are open to the possibilities.

As humans our impulses and curiosities can go a mile a minute- I know I’m guilty of that. The true making of the dance is the conversation between you and your partner(s’) impulses. I’ve discovered that the most rewarding interactions that I encountered were those that I was really patient with- the ones that I let develop with time and focus. To keep your attention in one idea allows for legibility, so your partner, too, can choose to fulfill that idea or to switch entirely. Legibility with our bodies is key.