your responses

your responses

Thank you for your fantastic and thoughtful responses in regard to the last newsletter I sent out, talking about art and climate change

Your words moved and held me these last few weeks.

Your reach toward connection -- hugely appreciated and deeply felt.

This is one of many responses that dove into that conversation, and gutted it:

Painting by Laura Marshall: Tales to The Young I: The Bargain.
14" x 16 Oil paint on canvas

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i got yelled at for not making a dance about climate change

i got yelled at for not making a dance about climate change

I was sitting in the theater recently, waiting for a dance performance to begin, when someone I’ve known for awhile sat down next to me.

We exchanged hellos and chit chatted, which was fine, but then something shifted when I mentioned Dog Dance, my excitement of it, this odd little dance I do when I can.

 She turned to face me directly: “Is Dog Dance about climate change?”

“No, why?” I said, in that laughy, light kind of voice I tend to use when something isn’t right, but I’m not sure what.

“You’re wasting your time, and ours, making dances that aren’t directly addressing climate change.”

 “Umm…” (that’s me stammering, still trying to be laughy and light).

photo by Averill Hovey, 2018.

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The Fast Runner.

The Fast Runner.

This dance film I’m working on right now, The Sky Inside, with Julie Rooney at Dancing Camera:

It feels like it’s gonna to be a mash up of The Fast Runner and The Great British Baking Show.

I know, that makes no sense at all, and if you come see the film in April, you'll be utterly confused as to why I'm making that comparison, but here goes anyway:

photo by Averill Hovey 2018.

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the 100th impulse

the 100th impulse

You know this, “First Thought, Best Thought”, right?

It’s what I've built my improvisational research on, for a very long time.

Sensing that first impulse, instinct, and itch, and then followint it, all the way through, without question.

Not so anymore.

Now I follow the 10th or 100th impulse.

Sometimes thousands of impulses fly by, and still, I don’t act.  

photo by Jun Akiyama, 2018.

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Dog Dance at The Denver Art Museum

Dog Dance at The Denver Art Museum

I’m having a little experience lately, of Dog Dance being everywhere:

 

I’m walking with my nephew and he slows way down, falling behind.

 

I turn to look, and see his arms float up into the air, a slow motion reach, out into space.

 

I say curtly, “What are you doing? It’s freezing cold and I’m starving. Keep on walking kiddo.”

 

He says:  “But I’m doing Dog Dance Aunt Jo.”

 

My heart -- of course -- melts, and I feel like a fool.

 

photo by Glen Kalen, 2017

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stop talking

stop talking

A couple of weeks ago I attended one of my all time favorite events in Boulder, hosted by Intercambio, where English Learners from different countries are paired with more fluent English Speakers to have a conversation.


It’s set up like a speed dating thingy, so every 15 minutes there's a cue to switch partners and start a conversation with someone else.  


I’ve done it 3 times now, and each time has been so much fun, but this last time was particularly memorable.

photo by Jun Akiyama, of Kinisis Photography, 2017

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4 Ways to Drop

4 Ways to Drop

"Drop" means to let go of, release, and relinquish.

It means to LET FALL.

In every class I teach, there is a moment when I say “Fall into the dance.”

I used to stay “step into the dance”, but as I became more steeped in my own work, the sensation for me has shifted to fall.  So I have been using the word fall lately. 

But falling can be scary, so if you prefer to go back to "step in" or "move in" or "drop down into", please do.

You choose which works for you

For me, it goes something like this for me:

Painting by Alissa Davies, 2017, that she began working on after class one day.

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break break break

break break break

I went to lunch last week with a subscriber to this newsletter, Steve Wangh.

 

An artist, writer, actor, teacher, and do-gooder, Steve and I had a fascinating conversation about the current state of the world.

 

This phrase he said…it keeps knocking around in my brain:

 

“Art allows us to bear complication.”

 

painting by Laura Brenton, 2017, that she painted after dance class one day.

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daca, driving, and also dancing

daca, driving, and also dancing

Last Thursday night, a few of us from the community had dinner with a few DACA students currently attending The University of Colorado.

 

We listened as the students shared stories of how their families came to this country, how old they were when they arrived, what they were studying in school, internships they’d held over the summer, and hopes and fears they had for the future.

 

Two sisters from Mexico — the older one who is a DACA recipient and the younger one who was born here — spoke about the different paths their future’s hold, not because of dreams, ambitions, and desires, but because of who had been born on what side of the border.

 

Students from Mongolia, China, and Ecuador spoke about what would happen if DACA was rescinded.

 

The Anatomy of Improvisation. photo by Jun Akiyama of Kinisis Photography, 2017

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