Sunday, July 17, 2011

Groove-y 'ish...guerrilla performance

just put together a Kickstarter page, right here. Working on a new piece/show for August 11th, at 9pm. Probably gonna be at Gooddale by the playground or by the tennis court, or downtown by Gay and Long - near Tip Top.

a short description of what's going on from my kickstarter page:

"Use the curves, flow, introversion, and general style of "grooving" at a club or party situation, and combine that with the rough, quick twitch, wild type of dancing I might do on stage. Then take the focus, zoom, and speed attributes of filmmaking, and the splice, paste, and fade, nature of film editing and use those ideas to drive choreographic choices that will focus an audiences' gaze (like the lens of a camera) as they attempt to take in all this information. All of this would make the performance even more engaging, bringing the audience in one step closer to the movement.
What would come out? A volatile yet entertaining microscope-like plunge into the world of intensely crafted grooving. All of which would be set in a cobble-stoned alleyway of downtown Columbus, OH - using only large heavy duty flashlights as lighting sources."

gonna put together a videodance as a sort of sister work. Check out a video of the work in progress...right here.

Definitely come and check out the performance, watch the videodance online, or get involved on Kickstarter and send some support this way. Either way, I'd love to communicate a bit with all of you, in one form or another. :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

(London) Guerrilla Dance Project

My sister Rebekah recently turned me on to this little happening over in our neighboring, Europe. Guerrilla Dance Project, based out of London, England, is a group that creates monthly performances around the city and has performed internationally in Zagreb, Croatia. Their material is generally set, and focuses on object manipulation to guide their movement and aid in being able to "appear and disappear." From what I've seen, they vary from sitting at a table in a cafe and dancing from that spot, or having seven people against a wall in a line, and slowly breaking out from reading a paper, all the way to slowly rolling down an entire staircase.

A short trailer of what GDP does is right here, and a longer video and interview with the leader of this group Laura Kriefman can be found here.

Check out their website for touring dates, more info about the group, and a list of on-stage performances they do/have done.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

JR - Street Artist/TED Talk

While on Hulu today, I came across a talk by JR, a street artist from France. Feel free to check out those links to get a low down on JR, who's doing some really potent work around the world. I really appreciate how insistent he is on his acts/art creating a connection between people on a very everyday level.

A really nice example of this was in Brazil where he posted prints of women who had been raped/killed by militant groups, in an area frequented by violence. When members of these groups confronted JR and his crew about their activity and the cameras they were using, he explained that their desire was not to show others the violence of what was happening - much like journalists/members of the media that would usually come through. Instead he was looking simply to highlight those who lived in the area, and the depth with which their lives held. They were not stopped from putting up their prints or taking pictures/video.

For a broad overview of JR's career, check out good ol' Wikipedia.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


...this is a reference to this post.

Alright, norms can be described in a few different ways. I like to think of norms (normal, normality) as the product of someone telling another or him/herself to "do this," and for that person to respond by following and/or accepting the order/suggestion. As the process repeats (with one, or a large number of people) it eventually is seen as something that happens. As it becomes something that happens more and more, this something is logged in one individual's/group's mind as a part of his/her/their life/lives, as part of something that dictates the way in which they approach their life, and how a decision(s) are might call it a style of living that dictates what types of choices are made.

As generations pass, and styles are passed down via instruction/talking/music/movies/books/other forms of expression on an individual and broad level, these styles become norms that build societies and cultures. Some of these norms change over time, while others stay stable for many years. While I cannot say that this is universally the process in which this creation of norms take, this is how I currently understand it and what I will be referencing when I talk about norms from this point on. time, I'll start talking about some applications/reasons for these norms, then I'll probably follow it up with why they're created at all. soon, somewhere along the way I'll actually get back to talking about guerrilla a little more directly.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

a loaded act

this is a follow up to this post.

so let me see here, the issue of the loaded issue that stems from the societal/cultural creation of a norm - what is deemed by any given society as normal.

Here's why normality is related go gdance.
Someone is walking down the middle of downtown, they see a space that looks particularly inviting and this person has the urge to dance in that spot.  Like a child wanting to play with a new toy, this desire is innocent. The person moves towards the spot, and a pang finds her stomach. All these people walking to and from work will notice me (hesitation) that'll be weird; I'm not gonna do that.

That would not be normal, like the normal act of walking next to someone you know while you walk to Subway for lunch, or like the normal act of driving down the right side of the road in the States: an act that would be weird in somewhere like France. This is how what is normal relates to guerrilla. Normality is constantly in opposition to acting beyond the norm, and most importantly to me, can often be in opposition of someone doing what someone wants to do. Not an act that hurts anyone else, simply an innocent desire to dance in a cool place. Guerrilla dance is in the business of supporting what people want to do, and what makes them happy/feel fulfilled. Our norms can get in the way of that.

Now, before I end this post on that note, let me clarify that when I say "supporting what people want to do, and what makes them happy/feel fulfilled," I speak in relation to something that will not hurt another creature (human or otherwise.) Many people have the desire to shoot others, to take advantage of, to torture, to make fun of, to leave behind, etc. I won't even begin to reference such things. I simply don't understand the need for norms that continue to harm individuals by not allowing them to fulfill simple desires such as dancing all over.

this is where the real meat is though. why do we think certain things, such as dancing in certain places, is weird, yet walking down a street while completely ignoring thousands of others in the course of any given week is normal? Why is going onto a stage, wearing one glove, and grabbing one's crotch seen as cool, but if I do the same thing on my street corner I get cockeyed looks? what makes a norm, who makes a norm, and why do some norms work to keep people from expressing themselves when they feel the need? lots of questions time, I'll probably'll focus on the origin of norms/why norms are created in the first place.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Girl Talk/DaveyDance

Couple of friends pointed me in the direction of these projects (some that have been going on for a while.) Thanks to Lindsay Caddle-LaPointe and Kiki Williams respectively, for giving me a heads up about some pretty rad cats.

First is the Girl Walk//All Day project, which recently accrued more than enough funding on Kickstarter. Basically, the project follows a young girl as she traverses NYC, meets and battles various people around the city. The entire film will be soundtracked by the entire length of the most recent Girl Talk release "All Day." At the beginning of the trailer to the soon-to-be-made 71 minute film, Ann Marson (the lead character in the film,) eloquently states, "My dream would be...being able to dance wherever the hell I want, and making other people feel like it's okay to do that." Hmmm, I think I can get behind that train of thought.
Shooting for Girl Walk//All Day starts in March, and is currently slotted to be shown in NYC alone (unless they're able to garner even more funding.) Jacob Krupnick is the head of this film. Definitely a cool project.

Second little thing is the longstanding Davey Dance Blog, which is home to a whopping 100 videos of this guy Davey dancing all over the world: Stonehenge, Hollywood, Teotihuacan, etc. "A project started while traveling Europe during Spring 2007. Armed only with an ipod and a Canon PowerShot, Davey picks a location and a pop song. Then Davey records an improvised dance."dNot only is he a rockin' dancer, but he also has a great taste in music. You should definitely check out his blogvimeo, and website featuring his "professional work."

Friday, January 28, 2011

Yarn Bomb/Storm

Now, when I think guerrilla anything, or something being "bombed," this is not what I think of right away. Many of the people who do this stuff talk about it as if Yarn Bombing is a nice version of the more subversive types of guerrilla art out there (ex. also known as the nicer sounding Storming in places such as London, versus the dangerous Bombing.)

Check out more pics and links to other forms of yarn bombing, below:

Albequerque knows what's up: a blog from the Fibe Squad.

International fiber artists, Magda Sayeg.

Born in Poland, Olek now resides in NYC and makes some crazy stuff.

I like these cats general sense of humor, KnittaPlease.

Work from Olek

Work from 'burque

Never seen anything quite so progressive and fluffy, all at the same time.