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Reflections: Blind Date concert, Nova Scotia 2011

First of all: beautiful!

Nova Scotia continually reminded me of Penobscot Bay in Maine, where I spent many childhood vacations. So many features were identical: the rounded-stone beaches, the globular seaweed clinging to boulders, the salty air, the crabs and gulls, the mussels and shells, the temperate summer weather (a stark contrast to the blistering DC miasma)…best of all, the constant roll of water to soothe my ears and eyes. It tasted of heaven.

Volcano: A Group Improvisation (10-15 min)

Below is the basic structure of the group improv score I plan to teach at the Blind Date Workshop with Susan Heather Cook on Saturday July 30 from 10am-1pm.

Blind Date

Made some progress on my duet for Susan Cook. It's called, aptly enough, "Blind Date." I think it will work because it contrasts Susan's capoeira skills and contact improvisation.

Reflections: DC/Philadelphia Exchange performance

The Washington DC/Philadelphia Exchange, Saturday July 9, 2011, at 8pm and Sunday July 10 at 7pm at Dance Place, went well! Both nights were well attended.

A Week on the Mend

Monday: I find I have more confidence than I expected in the studio this morning. I expected the pain in my back to command a greater degree of regret or grief. Instead, I find that I feel sure, although I may not dance as fully as on other days.

Exploring Gender Roles in "Icarus and Daedalus"

Greek myth is from a different time. When I create dances based on these myths, they reflect my culture more than ancient Greece: I interpret them according to my worldview. As such, they reflect my experience of gender roles in the US, particularly as a father of a daughter. In my dances, both women and men support one another, but, in "Icarus and Daedalus," the girl is in danger.

Dull Ache

Have been experiencing lower back pain since late yesterday morning. It is my old friend. He grips my quadratus lumborum with as much tension as if he would hold me back from toppling over a cliff. It is one of the ways I know that I have been working too hard.

Amanda Abrams and Malcolm Shute in Icarus and Daedalus

Pinball Life

Show coming up--so much to prepare! Working on costumes, soundscores, press, production details...yikes! It's all so much fuss, followed by a huge drop after the show. Suddenly the work will die down and I won't know what to do with the excess adrenaline. Breathe!

Malcolm Shute, Amanda Abrams, and Alexander Short in Icarus and Daedalus

Rep Class and News

Working in the studio this morning, exploring my 8th right rib. It's a place knitted to breath, rotating with my diaphragm, flexible, yet still tied to most of the other ribs, both stable and mobile. Moving from here lets me forget my eyes, orients me close to core. I dive, swoop, follow the curve of the rib with turns...twist and tumble with Free Flow. It's a safe area to me: rooted, guarding the liver, with the relative solidity of bone. I feel strong moving from here.

Reflections: Inhale 5/13/11

We drove up to Philly on May 13 for the Inhale showcase at Kun-Yang Lin's Chi studio. It was a cloudy, cool day--perfect roadtrip weather!

We arrived at the South Philly studio with time to spare, so we went for lunch. The neighborhood has a transitional feel. We walked past Italian bistros, cheesesteak monuments, and hole-in-the-wall Mexican booths. The sidewalks were crowded with tourists and residents, bustling with voices. We picked a Mexican/pizza place and settled in.

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