A year ago last May I set off on a trip that would change my life. I flew to Berlin, danced in and out of the city all summer, and fell in love with life there. On July 29th of this year, I will retrace my steps, this time for perhaps somewhat longer. While I can't control the future, I can say that I would like to make art, perform, choreograph, learn about German language and culture, and possibly stay there for awhile. I am full of hope and excitement for this change. I'm also full of anxiety and self-doubt, but I think that's pretty normal when going through big life changes.

My life here is wonderful. Making art in Durham has been an incredible experience. I've come up under the wisest mentors and alongside the most inspiring peers. The local dance scene has grown both deeper and wider in its reach, and I'm honored to be a part of that. I've connected to theater people and film people and writers and musicians and magicians and visionaries and most of all, friends. Generous, kind, encouraging, patient, fiery, fierce, loyal, crazy, wild, beautiful friends. Thank you. I will miss you all the most.

There's one more thing I would like to do before I head to Berlin, and that is to have one more show. One More Time is a quartet of dances I've made over the past few years (actually, they are all collaborative pieces and in one case, an improvisation for three dancers).

I hope to see you there!

I hope to see you there!

Of Gods and Sea Creatures

Dance, water, time, and numbers. These are the four elements I wanted to investigate last summer when I began working on (what would become) Of Gods and Sea Creatures. As I explored what each element felt like to embody on its own, I also searched for connections between them. I manifested a huge (invisible) telephone in the space in front of me that just wouldn’t work, no matter how many different numbers I punched. I ran around the dance studio with a sheet on my back like a cape, channeling my inner two-year old. I spilled water everywhere and soaked it up with my clothes. I danced to my favorite song (which, unlike everything else listed here, actually made it into the final cut of the piece).
The fifth element (after dance, water, time, and numbers) came about serendipitously. At the time, I was living in (what was once) East Germany, and there I found an old rusty pipe that had lots and lots of strips of weather-worn fabric wrapped around it. Most of the fabric is unrecognizable as fabric at all; it looks and feels more like plastic, or rubber. Some of it, however, has retained its fabric-like integrity and its patterns and colors are discernible. It is beautiful and kind of repulsive at the same time. The owner of the land told me that the women who lived on the farm before her had probably wrapped the fabric around the pipes to keep them from getting too cold and bursting in the winter. I was so transfixed with the material - and with the story of the East German woman - that I made a mask out of the strips of fabric.
And somehow, Of Gods and Sea Creatures came to life.
This piece is a moving collage of images, the meaning of which is constantly shifting according to a logic that is sometimes mysterious, and at other times very clear. Using recognizable music, movement, and materials, the audience can go on this ride and experience through the dancer moments of joy and surrender, calm and tumult.

To watch an excerpt from the piece, visit  https://vimeo.com/155318347

OPENING THURSDAY NIGHT!  Little Green Pig presents in Association with UNC Department of Communication  THE EMOTIONS OF NORMAL PEOPLE December 3-19, 2015 (Thurs-Sat, 8:00pm)  Swain Hall University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 101 E. Cameron Ave. Chapel Hill, NC 27514  One family feels the agony and ecstasy of life under the experiment-in-living that was the German Democratic Republic. Love affairs, betrayals and sex with Stasi agents populate this originalmovementtheaterwerk by Durham’s bad kids of contemporary performance.  co-directed by Jaybird O’Berski, Tony Perucci, and myself  featuring Michael Palm, Samantha Rahn, Lazarus Simmons, Miyuki Su, Steve Tell, Mara Thomas, Katharine Whalen, Dale Wolf, Liam O’Neill, Richard Butner, Jessica Flemming, Shelby Hahn, Jessica Hudson, Alex Maness, Dana Marks, Nancy Merlin, Emma Nadeau  tickets  http://littlegreenpig.businesscatalyst.com   trailer  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jC8EDR64l4

OPENING THURSDAY NIGHT!

Little Green Pig presents in Association with UNC Department of Communication

THE EMOTIONS OF NORMAL PEOPLE
December 3-19, 2015
(Thurs-Sat, 8:00pm)

Swain Hall
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
101 E. Cameron Ave.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

One family feels the agony and ecstasy of life under the experiment-in-living that was the German Democratic Republic. Love affairs, betrayals and sex with Stasi agents populate this originalmovementtheaterwerk by Durham’s bad kids of contemporary performance.

co-directed by Jaybird O’Berski, Tony Perucci, and myself

featuring Michael Palm, Samantha Rahn, Lazarus Simmons, Miyuki Su, Steve Tell, Mara Thomas, Katharine Whalen, Dale Wolf, Liam O’Neill, Richard Butner, Jessica Flemming, Shelby Hahn, Jessica Hudson, Alex Maness, Dana Marks, Nancy Merlin, Emma Nadeau

tickets http://littlegreenpig.businesscatalyst.com

trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jC8EDR64l4