Sunday, January 30, 2011

Smith Memorial Music Hall, Rm. 106

Fever, Day 8. Hovering right around 100. Generally couch-bound; still losing weight and muscle; doing all the things a person does to try to get healthy and gain weight.

Love documentaries and independent films. Love! Why do I ever watch dumb Hollywood movies? Ah! I saw this short film called "Lil'A" about this 11-year-old kid... who's like the greatest dancer of all time. Hip-hop, breaking, krump -- in Germany! So watching a lot of inspiring stuff... and staying far away from my family's germs.

Got any film recommendations?

love and light,

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

Recently posted on the POTS facebook group: an amazing slideshow of POTS info, photos, quotes, and inspiration. Hoping the link works...

POTS video - "Before the Morning"

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sillington House

My toes and nose are very cold. I'm running a temperature. And have a headache too. Therefore slightly grumpy. My body's weak-weak-weak. I don't care to go into details about how much my knuckles, ribs, and knees agree with this obvious statement. :-(

Plan of attack: We are going to eat, and stretch, and exercise, and rest a lot in the meantime! Things will turn out. Yes. Yes it will. We will eat a perfect, plentiful amount of foods that do not make us feel like "wauugghh oww bluhh." No pain, no gain.

[Very silly explanation of pun involving stomach pain v. gaining weight.]

all right, enough for one day. time to rest.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Choir Rehearsal Room, Ball State University

Happy Anniversary! Yes, a truly blessed and very merry one-year to the Emma Trevor Institute of Thought and Design. We don't have a design yet, but it's the thought that counts. And cheers to you-- two years of Stronger On The Other Side, and by golly am I stronger! Hope you are too, that something here inspires you in some small way. That's what it's all about, right?

In celebration of our anniversary, The Institute has committed to performing 20 random acts of kindness in the next 20 days. (...because I'm 20, and it's January 20, and three weeks seemed about right, not to mention the tallies work out nicely...) What would you do with your random act of kindness? Most likely anonymous. Quite possibly free. Might take you less than ten seconds. Bet you can think of 10 things right now.

So that's what I'm doing. Twenty in twenty. Join me?


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Ashley Clubhouse

An energetic few days! Now feeling crappy. Didn't sleep well.

Dance stuff:

Redeemed (Charlotte Martin) - I love everything about this song. Will choreo at some point.

Haven't found music yet. Title of dance: "The Weary Bell-Ringer" - for female solo. Very dramatic.Tan, tattered dress. Dark, dim lighting. Stormy? Cues for lightning? Ropes (symbols of bells)...12? Hanging in a clump centerstage. She gets tangled. Experienced gymnast. Dissonant bell-chord at finish?

Title: "The Anti-OxiDance" - idk yet. Will have to study nutrition more. Dancers play the parts. Acai berries or green tea or dark chocolate or something. De-lish. (Superfood?! this could be quite fun.)


Friday, January 14, 2011

The Bench to the Left of the Kmart

These types of posts may make no sense. Just notes that I won't lose or forget. feel free to skip.

i'm sure this song has been done a zillion times already (for dance) but it is quite excellent.

Mouthwash (Kate Nash) - for women's ensemble. 30-50 dancers? Big production. For stage? Ideal. Realistic? Maybe not. Could look great on film. Multi-media?

maybe taking beginning lyrics as too literal of a cue. hrm. but diversity! lots lots! age, size, race, anything. (no younger than 15 though.)

Cast- in order of appearance?
white bathrobe
hair in white towel, green mask face
white cami and... dance shorts? or zipping up (dance-able, obviously) skirt?

looking in mirrors, displeased. (not unison.) pantomiming morning tasks.

others entering more rapidly. (random descriptions)
jeans, sweater
shiny watch
biting nails
cell phone, laughing
flipping through index/flash cards? business cards?
fingers plugged in ears
coin purse, counting
some kind of uniform. scrubs?
leg-warmers, tights, tunic? jacket?
high heels & up-do hair
homely, dirty, perhaps injured?
pinching nose bridge and looking up, pacing
name badge hanging from neck

none interacting? many seemingly "put together" but show more emotion/anger as approaching chorus.

ideally each "character" gets introduced for a second? dancers are actors. should know exactly the character being portrayed. woman's name, age, place of birth, language. family. personal history. hopes, dreams, fears. habits. favorite food. pet peeve. what happened last year, yesterday, 1 minute ago. what is she feeling? why has this propelled her into movement? what has been realized or accomplished by the end of this piece?

(oh my goodness. i am my theatre teacher.)
(and that surprised people.)

chorus, thinking unison or clear 2-part canon.
"singing oh-oh" - individual. levels!  improv? some exit.

"even if you try to hold me back"- punk/black lipstick girl runs to downcenter, two others backflip downstage.
everyone passing in patterns throughout the stage. 5 or so interactions: helping another up from ground, back-roll thing, coordinating levels, nod. are they understanding each other? every person is going through something!

can't decide how to end. i kind of would like to fade out the music til the girl "tuning out" (fingers in ears. or ear buds?) is out loud singing "oh oh" ...  as if ... content is not the right word. less afraid? i think she's the youngest one of the ensemble. then silhouette against a warm color. orange/pink?


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wherever Kate Jablonski Teaches

What I'm "working on" today. Keeping choreo ideas where I'll be able to find them again.

We Are Okay (Joshua Radin) - for 3, siblings reminiscing. I think 2 men/ 1 woman, for lifts.

Set: mattress, desk (wheels?), chair (non-spinning, but with wheels? like the seat stays still but the chair itself can be moved), or 3 blocks representing furniture. Props: bedsheet, woman's sweater (cerulean?), books. [flashlights? cardboard box? pillows? toy chest?] Wardrobe: pajamas/sweats/tanks. Bare feet. Little/no makeup/hair. Lights: morning ish, like through trees into a house. Performance space: stage.

sister wakes up 1st. brothers reluctant, studying?
lyric "home/cardboard" = all 3
2nd chorus - jubilant
peter pan theme, pirates, follow-the-leader, woman "walks the plank" (off the desk) men catch (and throw?) her.
sweater becomes cape, baseball cap as crown? or begging? chair=throne? lots of pantomime and imaginitive play possible. smile!
birth order? make clear, although they're grown and needn't be height order. sister oldest like Wendy? idk.

desk: start stage R, facing stage R. chair there where it should be. desk ends: centerstage/down center, facing audience. chair ends up...someplace else.

bed always up-center (pretty sure)

finish: stage lights out, shining flashlights out from fort (made by sheet+desk)

...and maybe all that won't fit into 2:45. shrug. :)

Take My Hand  (Shawn McDonald) - for young men's ensemble (age 13-16?), ideally 12 dancers, basketball court, brick/concrete wall, daytime, urban. For filming and/or live performance. (Not for stage.)

*splice to be around 2 minutes
**do another song by this artist/style for younger boys (8-11? 12?)

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Friday, January 7, 2011


Two whole days! No fever! :)

Prayers please for my dad. He's in a lot of pain from what has been (finally) identified as arthritis.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


...part II:
*shakes screen*

haha. nothing too exciting here. still feverish. plotting escape.


Monday, January 3, 2011


Feeling stuck. Buh. Fever.

What I'm choreo-ing:

Let The Rain (Sara Bareilles) - for octet

Orange Sky (Alexi Murdoch) - for featured six (three men, three women); 5-6 more (any); and ensemble (equal men/women, no more than 16)

next up: something completely different. The Section Quartet?


Saturday, January 1, 2011


Wish I were at his worship concert tonight. But I've been blessed these last couple weeks. Really, what's a few days back in bed with a temperature?

Happy to see friends! Friends in real life! Yes. Face-to-face friendships are excellent... and shall occur as soon as I mercilessly mutilate this pesky cold/flu/bug with... a weapon. A really, really... mean-sounding weapon. Like WAH-pff-Kshoo-ner-5000...SuperSonic Math Blaster Edition! (Reason #437 why I should be a camp counselor for 8-year-old boys.)

stay warm, windy city!