So, scratch the audition tomorrow. A, I’m easily intimidated and B, I don’t know what the hell I was thinking, seeing as how I’m about to go into even more intense rehearsal mode for the 2 shows I have at the end of May. I can’t take anything else on right now and I don’t know that I’m ready to audition for the kind of work this company is doing.
Besides, I made a little resolution today that after I am done with these shows, I am going to work on my own material - either a solo or duet (if I can find another dancer) to hopefully perform at a showcase. It’s about time for me to do this, I just haven’t had much time to devote to it, but I already have some music ideas floating around in my head as well as the answer to the question I’ve been mulling over about what my personal movement vocabulary actually is. I think for this piece I’m going to go with gestural, as well as the juxtaposition between graceful and quirky movements.
I’m going to do something different. For me, at least.
Also, still debating whether or not I should go to an audition next weekend. I’m sure it’s going to be huge, so I’d be doing it more for the experience of auditioning and I’m just not quite convinced I should take the time to go…
I really need to be better about seeing more shows in LA. There’s a lot of stuff going on - more than I think LA gets credit for sometimes, but between UCLA and CalArts and the smaller venues, there’s a lot of great dance concerts happening and I’m excelling at missing them right now, mostly because of finances. I suppose that’s part of the whole starving artist routine…
So I emailed out a save the date for the San Francisco performance I’ll be doing, only to have my undergraduate dance mentor mention it to another faculty member at my old college who happens to be the head of the music department. BUT, she also happens to be a singer and board member for the choir we’re performing with. So…she emailed me and I emailed her and wheels got turning and now we’re trying to get something set up in conjunction with USF for the week of the performance, since the program there is social justice oriented and we’re doing a piece inspired by heroes in uniform. Needless to say, I’m getting really excited about it now.
Also...if you're in LA and want to see what should be a great show, check out:
CELEBRATE DANCE 2010
Saturday, March 13 @ 8:00PM Alex Theatre 216 North Brand Blvd Glendale, California 91203
Featuring: BARE Dance Company Body Current Dance JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble Josie Walsh’s MyoKyo Macarena Gandarillas and Dancers - Visions Dance Theatre Motion Tribe PTERO Dance Theatre RhetOracle Dance Company Box Office: 818.243.2539
The San Francisco Bach Choir invites you to attend its final concert of the 2009/2010 season—Celebrating American Heroes. Inspired by the men and women who have given their lives to protect the lives of others, this program will feature vocal music from the Civil War era along with a newly commissioned work, Thanksgiving for Heroes, that is dedicated to members of the Armed Services, National Guard, Police, and Fire Departments throughout the country who died in the service of their nation and community during 2009. The new work was conceived in the aftermath of the death of Lt. Curtis Massey, a member of the Culver City Police Department, who was killed in a car accident with a wrong-way driver on the freeway going to work last year. It was this tragic incident—followed shortly thereafter by the horrible events that took the lives of four officers from the Oakland Police Department, and later in the year by the Station fire in Los Angeles County in which two firefighters lost their lives—that provided the catalyst for this memorial tribute. In presenting this concert, the San Francisco Bach Choir is offering a public expression of gratitude and support by the arts community to all people who risk their lives to protect and serve.
Thanksgiving for Heroes is a new work composed by Eric Davis for soprano, baritone, chorus, piano and dancers. Rachel Lopez has been invited to choreograph the dance component of the new work for the choir’s historic performance venue, Calvary Presbyterian Church, in San Francisco. The text for Thanksgiving for Heroes was drawn from the poetry of Edwin Markham. Best known for his influential poem, “The Man with the Hoe,” Markham worked in the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 19th and early 20th century, and was an important voice in the social reform movement advocating for child labor laws and worker’s rights. The poet’s natural gift for soaring, inspirational, humanistic verse provides the backdrop for this celebration of our local and national heroes in music and dance. While Markham’s verses were written during and just after World War I and were written to honor the heroism of soldiers in that conflict, they are used in Thanksgiving for Heroes to reflect the courage and virtue of men and women today in each branch of public service who have given their lives in the line of duty. Please join us in this community event to show our gratitude for all those who have dedicated their lives to making the world a safer place in which to live.
Celebrating American Heroes performed by the San Francisco Bach Choir will take place on Saturday, May 15 (8:00pm), and Sunday, May 16 (4:00pm), at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore Street (Fillmore and Jackson Streets), San Francisco.