New website…on its way!

There is a new website in the making so please revisit in a short while!

In the meantime, here are some photos by Ted Roeder from a piece I made called White, shown at ‘Come Together: Surviving Sandy’, a show curated by Danspace Project and supported by the Dedalus Foundation, Brooklyn Rail,  Jamestown Charitable Foundation with Industry City Associates in Brooklyn.

Also, a repost of my most popular post from last year “I’m turning myself ON”

L to R: Michelle Boulé, Lauren Bakst, Lindsay Clark
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Lauren Bakst
LB radiate

Lindsay Clark
LWC listen

Michelle Boulé
white fly

And here’s one final photo by Ted Roeder for the solo performance I did at The Poetry Project’s 40th Anniversary New Years Day Marathon.  What an honor to be there!
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Teamwork

This year of making dances has taught me so much.  There will have to be another blog post about that.  In the meantime, I want to list the artists I’ve been collaborating with on White, the latest piece I’ve been making.  These artists have been a huge part of all of that learning, and I feel grateful.

Lauren Grace Bakst makes dances and organizes conversations. She believes in feminism, failure, ghosts, and the dancing body. Her work has been performed throughout New York in spaces such as Abrons Arts Center, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Draftwork at Danspace Project, CPR, and The Drawing Center. Recently, Lauren shared an evening exploring the intersection of dance and text with Claudia La Rocco and Aynsley Vandenbroucke at Counterpath Press in Denver, Colorado. Lauren’s writing can be found in BOMB where she is also the Online Performance Editor. She curates Knowing Dance More, a series of lectures, artist-talks, and discussions at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In addition to making her own work, Lauren is currently performing with Mariana Valencia, Jen McGinn, and Michelle Boulé. She holds a BA/BFA in Dance & Gender Studies from Hollins University.

Lindsay Clark grew up in California and North Carolina. She has recently performed with Pontus Lidberg, Yasuko Yokoshi and John Jasperse, and has previously had the pleasure of working with Shen Wei Dance Arts, Faye Driscoll, Jennie Mary Tai Liu, Yve Laris Cohen, Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Vanessa Anspaugh, Jack Ferver, and Michelle Boulé. This year she was on faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia teaching modern technique and composition and curated several group shows for the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn. She has been a Fresh Tracks Artist in Residence at Dance Theater Workshop and has performed her own work at several New York and international venues. She is currently a 2013/14 Sponsored Artist at Makehouse. Clark attended High School at the North Carolina School of the Arts, holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from Hollins University.

Reid Bartelme began his professional life as a dancer.  He worked for Ballet companies throughout North America and Canada,  and later in his career worked for modern dance companies in New York including Shen Wei Dance Arts and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.  He went on to graduate from the fashion design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology and began working as a freelance costume designer.  Reid has designed costumes most notably for Christopher Wheeldon, Lar Lubovitch, Zvi Gotheiner,  John Jasperse,  Jack Ferver and the Parsons Dance Company.  In collaboration with designer Harriet Jung, Reid has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Justin Peck, Marcelo Gomes, Andrea Miller, and Mauro Bigonzetti.

Carmine Covelli is a performer, musician and filmmaker living in
Brooklyn. He is a frequent performance collaborator with Adrienne
Truscott (‘depict him on his horse’, ‘they will use the highways’, ‘Genesis,
no!’, ‘HA: A Solo and Neal Medlyn’, ‘In The Air Tonight’, ‘Her’s A Queen’,
‘Brave New Girl’, ‘Wicked Clown Love’), and can be seen playing the
drums for Bridget Everett and The Tender Moments once a month at Joe’s
Pub. He is currently co-directing a documentary with Adam Horovitz
about New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl and just released an album with his band The Julie Ruin.  thejulieruin.com

A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in a contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition for more than a decade by blending her wide interests and influences.
Okkyung has released numerous albums both in the States and Europe: her second solo cello album Ghil on Editions Mego/Ideologic Organ; two albums as a leader, Nihm andNoisy Love Songs (for George Dyer), both on Tzadik; White Cable, Black Wires, a duo album with bassist John Edwards (FaTaKa); The Bleeding Edge with saxophonist Evan Parker and trumpeter Peter Evans on Psi; duo album Anicca with vocalist Phil Minton for Dancing Wayang; first solo cello album I Saw The Ghost Of An Unknown Soul And It Said… on Ecstatic Peace!; duo recording with turntablist Christian Marclay, Rubbings on My Cat Is An Alien (LP)/A Silnet Place (CD) and many others.
Since moving to New York in 2000, she has worked with numerous artists such as Laurie Anderson, David Behrman, John Butcher, Nels Cline, Chris Corsano, Douglas Gordon, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Marina Rosenfeld, Jim o’Rourke, John Tilbury, C Spencer Yeh and John Zorn just to name a few.
Okkyung has received a composer commission from New York State Council On The Arts in 2007 and prestigious Foundation For Contemporary Arts Grant in 2010 in Music/Sound.

 
Natalie Robin is a NYC-based lighting designer of theater, opera, dance, music and performance art. She is the associate producer and production manager of American Realness, a founding company member of Polybe + Seats and an Associate Artist of Target Margin Theater. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Brooklyn College and in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Undergraduate Drama. Natalie is the winner of the Apollo Lighting 2011 Standing O Award and was chosen as a 2008 Young Designer to Watch by Live Design Magazine. Natalie is a contributing writer to   Live Design Magazine and Stage Directions.  Natalie also tours both domestically and internationally as a lighting supervisor and production manager, for artists including Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. This spring, she designed Little Lord (a theater company)’s Pocahontas and/or America, the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene’s Di Megile Fun Itzik Manger and A Collection of Shiny Object’s production of queerSpawn.    BA: Columbia. MFA: NYU/Tisch  http://www.natalierobinlighting.com

And I’ll throw in a few things I have learned…

  • Growth happens when we are witnessed and willing to be witnessed.
  • A work will dictate where it wants and needs to go.  We just have to let go of our attachments and listen.

LOVE

Two things to look at:

This graduation speech by George Saunders posted on the New York Times

and

this video with Patti Smith.

These are both about ‘advice for the young’, but I want to take this advice for the rest of my life.

Performance and Grief – TBA Festival: Portland, OR

Emotion = Grief
Traditional Chinese Medicine function of Grief = Letting go

While preparing to perform “And Lose the Name of Action” last night with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, I realized how grief is such a big of part of our work. Letting go of what is other than ‘right now’ during a performance brought up a sense of loss. Grieving what might be, what isn’t now, my imagination and fantasy, and being left with only what is right in front of me or right inside of me. I did grieve for a moment–grief as the functional emotion for letting go. And then another door for possibility opened.

‘Relieve me from the bondage of self’

LET THE THANK YOUS BEGIN!

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Todd Shalom
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Elizabeth Doud
Sam Miller
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Oren Barnoy
Ezra Tessler
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Brian Rogers
Niegel Smith
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Stephanie Pereira
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Moira Brennan
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Stacey Levine
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Yanira Castro
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Michelle Amador
Kim Kort
Ingrid Nachstern
Marti Wolfson
Kaneza Schaal
Jules Skloot
Lenore Doxsee
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Lily Baldwin
Sarah Galender Meyer
Sixto Wagan
Michael Lavelle
Ori Flomin
Daniella Jaeger
Luke George
Antonio Ramos
Danielle Boulé
Carmine Covelli
Crista Cole-Hafezi
Justin Cabrillos
Courtney Krantz
Alma Quintana Lazcano
Lance Gries
Emily Wexler
Cori Olinghouse
Zornitsa Stoyanova
Kyli Kleven
Tomasz Werner
Michal Rosenn
Joseph Isler
Aiko Kinoshita
Christine Elmo
Marci Skolnick
Donna Uchizono
Rishauna Mari
Hilary Clark
Elke Rindfleisch
Jayoung Yoon
Justin Lamb
Gemma Shusterman
Anna Azrieli
Alex Samets
Miguel Gutierrez
Mel Boulé
Rebecca Wender
Natalie Robin
Vanessa Anspaugh
Celia T. Wolters
Melvin Boulé
Rebecca Wender
Natalie Robin
Vanessa Anspaugh
Celia Wolters
RoseAnne Spradlin
Richard D Becker
Mike Inwood
Neal Thorburn
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Tom Creed
Heather Frazier
Hahn Rowe
Caitlin Simpson
Joan Athey
Marissa Perel
Christy Loebach
Mike Skoglund
Joseph Waugh
Kayt MacMaster
Katherine Meyers
Diana Crum
Tony Evans
Jill Booth-Clibborn
Amiti Perry
Kevin Sheneberger
Lindsay Gilmour
Renée Wadleight
John Jasperse
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Ruthann Rains
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Patricia Knowles
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Peggy Cheng
Alexey Kokhanov
Tony Orrico
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Terry Michael Gammon
Frances McCaughan
Dave Ratzlow
Casper the Dog
Robin Slominski
Lily Bo
Geena Hanson
Tina Clark
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John Scott
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Olivia and Dehlia Bernardi
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Alison Clark
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Michael Fleming
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Gregory Madden
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Mark Dendy Dance and Theater Projects
Emily Baumann
Zatapathique
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Tamara Riewe
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Amy Birnbaum
DeAwna McGinley Cherney
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Isabel Barnes
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Kim Goldman
Beth Gill
Stacy Grossfield
Allison Bachmeier
Jaime Fennelly
Paul Duncan
Tricia Albertson
Michaela Cannon
Jill Tajiri Jacobs

I’m turning myself ON

I’m writing this as I leave Ramallah via the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel.  We arrived at the airport over three hours early, leaving extra time for heightened airport security and the possibility of delays at the checkpoints.  At one checkpoint, there were about 20 Palestinian men waiting outside in the 4am darkness for buses that would take them to work on the Israeli side.  They’re not allowed to cross over by car, and there was no bus in site.  Our Jerusalem-born Palestinian driver told us this has been the case for the last 4-5 years.  Luckily, we zipped through the checkpoint…no unloading of our luggage, extensive questioning or having to get out of the car to prove that we are dancers, as I heard a Norwegian group had to do last year.

My response to this short time in Israel and Palestine resonates physically.  From the little I gathered through conversations with Irsaelis and Palestinians, I leave simply with a heaviness in my heart.  It literally beats less freely when subject to the tensions these people face on a daily basis, where a machine-gun carrying soldier, a wall and barbed-wire fences are the norm.  I also leave with a heightened sense of the violent acts that happen on a daily, even minute-to-minute basis between nations, cultures, neighbors, families, and even within our own selves.

At the very least, I can be responsible towards myself and the people I interact with everyday.  It almost feels like a violent act to jump from a conflict-stricken nation to focusing solely on me, myself, and I, but it’s here where I truly have the immediate power to make a difference–to attempt to undo all that I’ve acquired that supports fear, judgement, violence, manipulation, and separation, and to literally turn myself ON to the fierce clarity of love, forgiveness, and growth.  It’s a physical reaction.  If I can pay attention to this simple feeling of when I close down, when my heart literally beats less freely, I can also ask myself in the moment what other choice I can make to support space and movement.

As a dancer, I know and actively seek out this feeling of space and movement.  It’s my body in coordination and cooperation, in dialogue with itself.  It’s the feeling I get after taking class or having a good performance, where time is spent in deep attention and awareness.  Simply put, I physically function better.  My heart has space.  The Institute of HeartMath says the frequencies of one’s heart can be felt up to 12 feet away from the body.  It’s a measurable interaction with others that is happening constantly.

So I begin here.  It is in this awareness that I find responsibility and service in dance, in this form, in this art, in this exploration of the body.  It seems like a good first step to help change the world.

Peace in the Middle East.  There are so many stories and perspectives that I am unaware of, but I know what’s happening in my heart.

“It never hurts to think too highly of a person.  Often they become ennobled and act better because of it.”
-Nelson Mandela

SAVE THE DATE!

I’d like to invite you to the premiere of

WONDER

Choreographed and Performed by Michelle Boulé
Sound Design by Carmine Covelli
Lighting by Natalie Robin

_MG_8373Photo by Wah-Ming Chang

May 30-31, 2013
Issue Project Room – Emerging Artist Commission

Performances will take place at 8:00 pm at
The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew
520 Clinton Ave between Fulton and Atlantic Avenues
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

ISSUE Project Room’s Emerging Artists Commission program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York’s 62 counties.

This work was created, in part, with a space grant from BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the New York Community Trust (Lila Acheson Wallace Fund for the Arts).