Postponed Events: Theater Unbound’s Girl Shorts and Alternative Motion Project’s Number Nine
Photos from theatreunbound.com and alternativemotionproject.com
The end of March was shaping up to be exciting! I was supposed to have premiered new solo A Seat At, brought to life by the Julio Resende Trio’s jazz rendition of Radiohead tune “Airbag,” at the Girl Shorts festival of short new performance works by female-identifying folks that’s produced by Theatre Unbound. I was also excited to see my new group work assemblage (set to jazz music by the Christian McBride Trio and Joey Alexander) on stage, which was commissioned for and to have been performed by Twin Cities contemporary dance company Alternative Motion Project. The AMP show is potentially back on for July 10-12 at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis, and Girl Shorts is yet to be rescheduled. I’m planning to take the energy and material I generated around my Girl Shorts project (as well as photography I’ve been capturing) to create a solo dance film – at least one, actually. Keep your eye out!
Upcoming Events (Fingers Crossed!)
Photo by Bill Cameron of my work Feist(meist)er from Rhythmically Speaking presents The Cohort
I’m at this point still hopeful that my company Rhythmically Speaking will be able to hold our 12th annual summer show – the second edition of program The Cohort – from August 13-15 at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis, as scheduled. I’m crossing my fingers, given Minnesota’s “Stay at Home” order, that we’ll be able to start rehearsal soon. That said and as we all know, things continue to shift quickly, so I’ve began thinking about how we can modify our rehearsal schedule to accommodate, while keeping the August show on the books as is.
We’re also creating a series of summer workshops we’re planning to call the “Jazz Dance: Roots and Branches” series, titled and modeled after this awesome 2014 anthology of writings on jazz dance. We are partnering with The Southern and some very exciting to-be-announced guest teachers to offer four workshops, two on root forms to jazz (African Diasporic and Latin Disaporic movement) and two on branch forms (house and jazz funk). We are looking forward to these workshops helping cultivate lively connections between jazz’s roots and branches while bringing to life our company values of equity and rooted innovation. We are hopeful these workshops will happen this summer as planned: more to come.
I’m also hopeful that St. Paul Saints Baseball’s season will start as scheduled in mid-May: I love clowning around with these fools, the lovely folks who make up the Saints Entertainment Team. I never imagined having such a kooky job, much less sharing one with my hubs (the Nerd to my Nerdette), and now I cannot imagine a summer without it. The Saints management is making responsible decisions about when to start the season: keep your eye out for more by following Saints social media.
Zooming from My Basement: A New Normal
Welcome to my recently-created basement movement space. Prior to quarantine, our basement really didn’t get used much. It had a little couch left by the previous owner that we didn’t mind so it stayed, and a tap board that occasionally saw some play. Now, I’m down there nearly every day, taking or teaching class digitally, as well as leading myself through yoga, tap exercises and jams, working out with body and hand weights and creating little nuggets of new choreography. I’m feeling both quite frustrated by it’s carpet-over-concrete floor (it’s hard to turn on and hurts my back) and totally grateful to have so much nice-lookin’ space to move around in.