I do apologize for the lack of blog updates lately. I have been kindly asked by many people about the various threads I’ve posted in the past - most especially the one on volunteering at the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women. I am happy to say that I’m still very much teaching Pilates there, once a week (pending car troubles). It’s been a really rewarding experience, and I promise to update more about it soon.
But now, a different adventure.
About two months ago (maybe three?) I decided to put on a show. For so many reasons: to create a dance piece, rehearse it, and perform it; to give other artists an opportunity to show their work; to make modern dance more accessible to non-dancers, and make a space for modern dance in the broader arts scene in Durham; to become more involved in the broader arts scene here; to make a statement; to make a statement, more specifically, with art. “Sexy Is Important: A Performance Manifesto” is what happened.
And we totally killed it (in a good way). I gathered an incredibly talented and diverse group of artists (and suggest you check out as many of them as you can in the future - see the website for their bios), and we gave Durham the best night of sensual, focused, unrestricted, varied, serious, relatable, funny, sexy art it’s had in a long time. I got lucky, as well. The artists, God Bless ‘Em, got behind the show and made some of the most exciting works I’ve seen from them. Motorco Music Hall was very easy to work with, and the tech guy who worked our show couldn’t have been better. And last, but certainly not least, the beautiful audience was incredibly respectful, receptive, honest, and supportive.
We killed it, and while it may have sometimes perhaps maybe have felt a little bit like it was killing me, it DIDN’T; if anything, the experience has made me so much more alive. I am more connected to the dance and art scenes here; I got to meet and get to know some supremely gifted and interesting people; I learned a ton - that’s a whole different blog post - about process and design and structure.
And, most awesomely, when I, we, released it into the world, IT became alive. And that’s what’s up.