Monday, October 27, 2014

In Progress - Calamity #8

We had rehearsal this afternoon and it was awesome!! We're working on a few pieces for the November 8th show.

First, Rose Abramoff and Liz Anaya came to put together the group improv that will end the night. Rose is creating an improv score for the dancers, Liz is playing music, and I'm sending emails to people, one of the greatest artistic skills. Rose has made a bunch of scores for Calamities over the last couple of years. Liz is new to the crew -- I met her when I performed at Erich Haygun's Cheap Seats this summer, and was immediately taken by her soaring violin. The three of us got together last week to start chatting about the piece. They're both so flexible and open to each other's ideas in the piece they were making.


Today, we were joined by Stephany, Lillian, and Amy. I love that these are ladies I've met in all different places, but they're all down to just do weird dance stuff on a moment's notice. Rose brought a few ideas to play with, including a few phrases, a few ways to mess with those phrases, and a few improv games. Liz started off playing based on what she saw us doing. I freakin' love dancing to her music. She did an amazing job capturing and advancing our energy.

Afterwards, Amy and I reviewed the piece that she's making for the show. It's super fun. It involves a very energetic song, some wilted bouncing, and loads of deadpan.

There's one very important artistic task left: perfecting our ukulele cover! Stay tuuuuned, but more importantly, come to the show! There will be so many truly excellent artists there.

-M

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Be Lazy - weekend links


Life has been ... a little overwhelming. That's how late October always is, though I'm not sure why. But these links here seemed to catch my interest. (Well, the first two -- the third is a little sillier, but that's important too.)

The Globe and Mail - Iggy Pop + the fact that he can't live off his art
We certainly don't live off our art. There aren't many people in dance in Boston who do. This was interesting.
A lovely picture of a young boy developing interpersonal skills by interacting with Siri and his mother's thoughts on it.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Tunez!

I usually have a song a few days in advance that I plan on featuring as our weekly tune. Today, however, my paradigm shifted, as the radio played for me a song I had previously never heard. Or rather, a version of a song I've never heard.

I knew I had to share it.

Presented with no further commentary, here is Obadiah Parker's cover of one of my favorite high school jams (and an ex-boyfriend' personalized ring tone for me), "Hey Ya!"



Have a great weekend!
-A.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ChEEky PoP - eShakti shirt at werk




Juuuuuuust about a month ago, we got the one of the coolest e-mail we've ever gotten. The lovely Jane of eShakti messaged us, inviting us (as they do with other bloggers) to review a product of theirs in exchange for telling all our friends about it. What followed was an early-morning flurry of text messages, in which we discussed the pros and cons of just about every item of clothing available on eShakti.com to blogger reviewers.

And there's good news for you -- they're offering our readers 10% off until November 6th. Just enter 'calamitycodance' as a promotional code when you check out.

eShakti has a large selection of dresses, skirts, tops, pants, blah blah blah, some of which are available to be reviewed. While this was exciting and the possibilities seemed endless, we agreed we wanted something that could cater to both of our personal styles. This required some deliberation, not only because we have our own distinct styles, but also because we are two different shapes. Somewhat fortuitously, we both discovered this shirt - excuse me, I mean "tile print chiffon blouse" - to be something that would work for both our bodies, as well as our styles. 

The COOLEST thing about eShakti is that you can custom order any and every item on their site. Not only can a top be tailored to your specific measurements, but you can change the sleeves, the neckline, or how low it falls on your hips. You can change the length of a dress or whether certain ornamentation is included or not. This part of the site is LITERALLY a dream come true. However, because we were trying to dress two different bodies, and also the shirt we agreed on seemed best as it was offered, we did not take advantage of this extremely cool detail.

We ordered on Day 1. Ten days later, we got an e-mail confirming shipment. Two days later, the box arrived. Not too shabby, all things considered!

So, you wanna know what we really think?



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Be Lazy - weekend links



Hey everybody, it's the weekend! I know that some people like to be active on Saturday and Sunday, but I must admit that I'm still fairly busy with dance and I do a LOT of sleeping. In case you like to have a bit of time sitting on the couch as well, here are some links of things to look at online!

Free People - Desirable Shower Space
Since I started dancing with Jean Appolon Expressions, I've been taking lots of baths. There are a few ideas in here that would make those baths have a vibe that's as soothing to my brain as the hot water is to my muscles.

Podcast: Design Sponge - Create Content for Blogs
This is a podcast with a bit of basic information about putting material online. I'm a little obsessed with Design Sponge, so I'm happy to have some information about how it comes together.

Washington Post - Prison Debate Team
It's cool to learn about how people are able to continue learning while in prison.

Charge Up Introverts - Morning Routine
I'm always looking for things that can help me use my time in a more effective and happy way. I really like that this daily schedule includes making sure to connect with a particular person each day.

Podcast: You Made It Weird - Cameron Esposito
I listen to this podcast more than I should admit. I liked this episode because Cameron Esposito talks a lot about the effects of being a woman, and specifically a woman who dates women, on stage.

Daily Set Puzzle
I mentioned to Amy that I was making a list of links, and she suggested the Daily Set Puzzle. My grandma is the first person that introduced me to this game, which is how you can tell it's great.