Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Tunez!

Allow me to circuitously introduce a song.

I told you, a few posts ago, about how my job is great! However, it is, very much so, still a job. I'm not the type of person that leaps out of bed to start my work day in the morning, so I'm trying to find ways to feel more like my work day is a part of my life...instead of just surviving through the day so that I can commence living after the dismissal bell rings. I've started wearing clothing to work that had been previously black listed from my functional school attire. (Leggings? AT SCHOOL?? If my butt is covered then HECK YES.)

Anyway, one way that I'm helping myself to feel more like a person and less like an OT machine, is having Pandora open and at the ready for when I have any sort of paperwork to do. And believe you me, there is always paperwork to do.

This may sound like a really simple and ...dare I say... dumb thing to mention in a blog post, but remember, I work in a school. My job is very much a social and active one, and one that is not without many much singing and music throughout any given day to begin with. The thought of listening to my "personal life" music was a fairly foreign one, until last year, when a co-worker and I would chose a song of questionable repute to end our Fridays.

So anyway, the HAIM Pandora station is the greatest one there is, and I am slowly becoming work obsessed with a group called Scavenger Hunt and their song "Dreamers" is a current favorite.


Have a great weekend, everyone!

-A.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Be Lazy - weekend links


Here are some links! I'm enjoying doing this because I actually am reading more full articles rather than scanning for a main point and skipping on.

Fast Company - Dance class for a CEO
Just like how dance helped me become a better math teacher, this article is about how dance helped this guy become a better CEO. We dig it.
This article gives me hope.

The Guardian - Dance and healing
More people writing about how dance has a place outside of the theater! I prefer this to the Fast Company article, as it shows the actual impact that dance itself has, rather than the lessons that it teaches.

Wit and Delight - Leaving social media
I am way more a part of social media than I ever thought I would be. In a large way, it's by design, so that I'm able to communicate with more people about the artists that perform at our shows. But then it becomes all consuming. I liked this article by a woman whose business was started online, about the benefits of going off social media for a short while.

Amplifying Glass - Fake Disney announcement
This is a fake article about Disney making a movie centering about two princes that end up together at the end of the movie. It's sad how reasonable the article is, but how impossible its coming true is for the foreseeable future.

Huffington Post - DIY Art Self-Therapy
Amy and I, along with many other artists with whom I have worked closely, have both have definitely used art to sort out our own thoughts and feelings. I enjoy having dance-making and song-writing available to me as processing tools. I have never participated in formal art therapy, so I hesistate to use the term officially. I do think some of these projects could be interesting to use.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Tunez!

Hello Kids, hope you're all having a splendiferous week that is making you feel satiated and enthusiastic about your life!

Here's a song that just suits a good mood. It's a little dirty, but it's dirty in that really sneaky way...that sort of makes it EXTRA dirty, but you could totally listen to it in front of your Mom and not be embarrassed. It's really cute.

In the movie of my life it would be featured in some sort of hanging-out-with-my-girlfriends montage, even though it's topic matter is a bit more :ahem: blue.

It's Eliza Doolittle with "Skinny Genes," and it's the best!


Have a great weekend! Let's go do karaoke!
-A.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Calamity #8! It was great!


Calamity #8 was this weekend! It was buckets if fun. You know you have a good audience when they all join in singing happy birthday to your college roommate. (Don't worry, they all got to eat the cake.)

Usually we end up not taking nearly enough pictures, but this time my booooyfriend showed up with a fancy camera and took all sorts of great pictures!! THANKS MATT MCKAY!

So here are the pictures. Amy also posted a few videos in this post right here!

1. Alicia Condon and Ellie Valliere - Dancin' a Day

We love Alicia and Ellie! (The picture is of Alicia.) They call themselves "Sister Movers" and it's easy to see why when they're dancing. Watching them move is just such a goddamn satisfying experience.

2. Emily Laverdiere - funny songs, or as Amy likes to say, "comusedy"

Amy posted a little video of Emily's excellent rap song in another blog post the other day! She is so darn charming, whether she is telling us about scrabble, being a good neighbor, or loving a corpse.


3. Amy and Meghan (oh that's us!) - Bluebird Variation


Amy made this neat piece called "Bluebird Variation." We held our hands like this a lot. There is also a section referred to in Amy's notes as "Awesome Hips." So in other words, it's a really good dance.

4. Thinking on our feet!

Our comedian unfortunately had to cancel, but luckily we have a totally game and awesome family here at Calamity. Amy, Rose, and Lillian shared some excellent jokes, and then Molly led the audience in a movement creation exercise. Matt was too busy becoming a choreographer to take pictures of this.

5. Mike Simonelli - video and music and singing, oh my!


Damn! 4 speakers, a guitar, a headset, a tambourine, a projector, and just one man. Mike poured his goddamn heart out and I can't even imagine how much work went into creating this, let alone how many millions of calories he burned while performing. It's also, obviously, a very photogenic project!

6. Tyler Catanella from Paradise Lost - SAD TEMPLE


Another amazing performer. Tyler's company Paradise Lost is all about story-telling and is very theater-based, but don't be fooled into thinking that means he's not an incredibly technically skilled dancer, as well as a moving performer. 


7. Amy and Meghan - singing this time!


As usual, we decided to stun the crowd with our musical abilities. This time, we mashed up Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call me Maybe" and TLC's "No Scrubs." It works surprisingly well, though my poor feelings were crushed every time that Amy called me a scrub and denied to call me. Also, we didn't mess up at all, obviously.

8. Rose Abramoff and Liz Anaya and lots of other ladies - Root Pull


Rose made a really improv cool score, complete with some lovely phrases. We had a rehearsal a few weeks ago where Rose, Liz, Lillian Medville, Stephany Lin, and Amy and I got together to play around with ideas (I wrote about it here!). Then on the day of, we were also joined by Cassandre Charles, Molly, and Alicia and Ellie. I only snuck in at the end, so I got to watch, which I don't usually get to do. It was really beautiful - the dancers were really responsive to one another and to Liz's music. Speaking of - Liz was too tucked into her corner to make it into any pictures, but I promise she was there and that she sounded super lovely.


Some audience friends! Here are Jeff, Melissa (my sister, who created the lovely fringe behind the stage space), and Jared.

Lillian behind the scenes!


And there were about a million other things that didn't make the pics. We had art by Danette Konkoly, Ana Linares, and Dorothy Louisos, all sorts of decorations, a ton of food, and just so many lovely audience members. Thanks again to all who came to be a part of this lovely night!!



-M












Calamity #8 - brief video recap!

Because we have yet to use this medium to send a large thank you to our performers, audience members, and in other words, FRIENDS for making #8 a swinging, dancing and snacking success, here it is.

THANK YOU!

If anyone was paying attention to me whilst I was off stage (and I sincerely hope you were not) you would have noticed that I split my time between taking photos of EVERYTHING, and frantically deleting old photos off my phone, such that I might continue taking photos of EVERYTHING.

Fortunately for me, our friend Matt had a legitimate camera and took legitimate photos from the front row. Thanks, Matt! You will be seeing those soon.

In the meantime, I would like to share some iPhone videos that I took of some performances, to give you all a meager sampling of the immense talent that was shared on Saturday night. I'm hoping you'll pardon the humble and otherwise crappy videography skills, and turn your attention instead to the excellence of our arteests!

Here is an all too brief bit of Emily Laverdiere's original song "I'm So Fly." We knew Em had comusedy skills, but we didn't know that she had ...skillz!

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And next here, find another tantalizingly brief bit of Mike Simonelli's folk-hop performance. It was visceral, intense, and all together entrancing. It was a full body experience that left the audience buzzing once the lights came back on.

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As mentioned above, more images are slated to come to you soon. As mentioned above, THANK YOU all for making Calamity #8 an exciting, silly, and fun night of art and good vibes.

There is, however, no rest for the wicked. We're charging forward, commencing work full speed on our next collaboration project, scheduled for January. (Expect more info eventually.) And of course, thoughts of Calamity #9 are already dancing in our heads. Join the conversation! What do you want to see? What do you want to hear? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO PERFORM!? Let us know, because we want to do it all with you!

Cheers all; here's to good times to come!
-A.