Saturday, May 02, 2015

Whittling and Wondering

Here's a trailer for On the way to work, which was shot on Mother's Day 2014, almost exactly a year ago, with some of the Project Co. regulars. It took so long for three reasons:  I was busy with other projects; I had a hard time figuring out what music to use; I kept whittling it down, and wondering if it was worth it.

The projects in the queue are just about completed. 

Bill Ruyle created traveling music on the dulcimer, which you're listening to right now. For the dance they're working on, I got to sample some of the rich sounds of Culai by Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin.

As for the whittling and wondering: It's whittled down about as far as it can go. Whether it's worth it: it has the feel of a work-in-progress about a work-in-progress. Here's the synopsis:

Tomfoolery and unfinished business means they could be headed for just any rehearsal, framed by a sly revelation about the sources of inspiration.

There's not a whole lot of sturm und drang in that narrative. But there's some truth to it: what we do in the studio is work - as well as play. A lot feeds into it - on the way from Grand Central to the beach, with movement sometimes taken from real life events. Its 7 minutes reflect something true about the delicate piecing together of thoughts toward movement - and the assembling of the particular human beings that bring both to life. 

You'll notice I only share trailer-length versions here, which may seem a little stingy.  I hope to pique your interest, and I'm also holding out for a public viewing, and/or a larger screen.  However, for the price of an email, or a comment below, I'm happy to send you a link to the full version of any of these enticements.

Or, for a public viewing on a larger screen, join me for A Thousand Miles from the Sea, which is showing in an evening jointly presented by the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance and DFA, and featuring works by Dana Gingris, Danielle Kipnis, Daniel Gwirtzman, Vrinda Sheth, Christine Turner and Ina Sotirova. It's always a party at BAAD!
Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 pm at BAAD. Free.

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