Gonna be working on using this blog more in the upcoming year, so in an attempt to get the ball rolling, gonna be doing some individual "year in review" posts for projects I did over the last year!
Hitting the road again in September to take a new show to the Elgin Fringe Festival. If you can spare a few dollars to support an independent artist, click here! https://www.gofundme.com/taking-quotshellquot-to-elgin-fringe
One year later, we have met for three weeks in Florida and created an installation and a performance. You will be able to watch the livestream Jan 5 at 5:30pm EST (3:30 pm MST) here:
As 2017 comes to a close, I am in Florida working on an artists residency with Callous Physical Theatre. It has been by turns exciting, frustrating, tiring, overwhelming, stimulating, and all around awesome. I am working with a group of people I absolutely adore. We finish up with a performance installation this Friday at the Florida State University campus in their beautiful dance building.
You can follow that adventure here:
Expect more pictures and a year in review post when I am back in Idaho in another week.
Dancers! I am currently looking for 1-3 women dancers in the Pocatello area for a dance film project (titled "Path") to be screened at the Going Dutch Festival in Elgin, Illinois this summer!
I need strong improvisers who are also willing to do some movement creation work independently, and enjoy a collaborative process. We will be shooting outdoors (probably mostly in the Caribou National Forest area) so a tolerance for a certain level of dirt, mud, bugs, weather. and other general outdoor stuff is required. (I will provide transportation.)
Dancers and movers of all ages, sizes, shapes, and levels of experience are encouraged to apply!
Interested? Send a short writing sample around the theme of "Path" to Julie@CreativeMoves.com, and I will schedule an audition appointment with you from there.
There will be a stipend for performers.
EDITED TO ADD: For the writing sample, it can be poetry, prose, stream of consciousness, etc. I am looking for creative expression, not perfect academic writing.
Definitely not my most subtle work, but something that I needed to get out.
I have been remiss in getting up a post about my final Fringe Festival experience of the year - Scranton PA! Pictures! (There are a LOT! Between the fest AND traveling by train...well, it was a well documented trip!)
Okay, first things first - if you ever have the opportunity to travel across the country via train, I suggest you do it! I saw amazing sights (The Rockies viewed from the train observation car are STUNNING) and met some amazing people. Australians, Brits, a Scottish gentleman, a formerly Budhist monk in training who had decided that life was not for him, and of course folks from all over the US as well. Including one older lady who was also traveling by herself. Traveling by yourself is fantastic. You should really try to do it at least once. Also met an awesome musician (Hello Heidi!) who was playing her guitar, and started a lovely friendship! (Mostly via facebook, but in this day and age, that counts, right?) We bonded over worrying about the French kids who got thrown off the train in Provo. (I still don't know what happened to them. I hope they ended up being all right.)
Now, have I mentioned that Fringe people just tend to be awesome? Because Fringe people tend to be awesome. When they realized my bus was arriving a day before out of town performers were going to be able to check into the hotel, co-founder of Scranton Fringe Elizabeth took the time during a franticly busy time for her to pick me up at the station, and co-founder Connor's family opened their home to me so I would have a place to sleep for the night. I am very grateful! The Scranton Hilton was serving as a sponsor and venue for the festival, and they put up out of town artists. It was nice to be able to take the elevator down a floor to catch some of the events. In fact, the entire festival was extremely walkable - which was good, since I had taken the train and did not have access to a car.
After a multiple day train trip, and arriving late at night, I of course said. "SUUUURE...let's get up at four in the morning to go do the Ryan Lachey show with a bunch of other artists. (I am glad to report that Connor shares my philosophy that asking theatre people to do anything before noon requires feeding and caffeinating them!) It was great fun, a nice way to meet other perfomers, and also opening night festivity host Molly Balloons! She makes these incredible dresses out of balloons. And if you think a person who makes a living from balloons seems like they would be super duper fun to hang out with? YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!
We had the opening night party, and the next morning Cody and I checked out Steamtown National Park. If you are ever going to go to a train museum? Try really hard to go with a train fan. It makes it so much fun, and you can ask them a bunch of questions! (Cody was also performing his train themed kids show as "Conductor Cody" as part of the festival.) We were also lucky enough to be there when they were doing rides on the steam train. I wasn't sure I wanted to add more train riding to my schedule, but how often do you get to ride a steam powered train? Check out Cody's website here!
A teen playwrighting workshop was having staged readings as part of the festival. Elizabeth called me, wondering if I would be interested in stepping in to read for it. YES, of course! I have such a soft spot for teenagers, especially the theatre babies. I walked over to the cutural hall to meet and rehearse, and then that was my first performance for the festival the very next day. These kids are writing some good stuff, and it was an honor to help bring their words to life. Keep an eye out for some good theatrical writing coming out of Scranton in the next decade or so!
WHAT I SAW
"The World Will Stop if we Make a Mistake"
Sarah Stachura Regan and Patrick Holmes
So delightful. The programs were also coloring books, there were puppets, animation and film, so this show was already right up my alley. Charming and fun, but also touching and hopeful.
"The Hugging Army: a meditative journey"
Vanessa Leigh White Fernandes
Oh, how I needed this one. Vanessa has been offering free hugs to the people in Scranton for a while now, and this was a reflection and meditation on her experiences. With many many hugs at the end. And after many days of traveling solo, well, it did not take long for me to tear right up. Some of my hugs tended to be extra long, but they were all generously returned. Humans can be so lovely to each other.
Gaslight Theatre Co.
A play made up entirely of online reviews, mostly of a toaster. It sounds a bit bizarre. In actuality, it was hysterically funny and oh so very human.
"I'm Still Standing"
Sharp, witty, wry, passionate storytelling from Maggie Nutall. There seems to be a lot of storytellers attracted to Fringe scene. And there's something just really nice about the simplicity of just taking the time to sit and listen to another person tell you their story.
"Happy Birthday Mr Lunesta"
Cabaret, burlesque, and sideshow/variety shenanigans! Also, I have now talked to two different accordian players whose answer to "So, how did you come to be an accordian player?" was essentially to shrug and say, "Well, you see, there was this accordian sitting in the closet..."
"Retrospective: a journey to the center of a pop icon"
New Vintage Ensemble
I'm just going to borrow my own words from my facebook post right after I saw this one:
The kids are alright, y'all. They are speaking out, they are creating, they are passionate and they give me hope. Their voices are important. What a wonderful way to end Fringe.
As always, first: the pictures! Hover over them for captions.
I did it! I drove a roughly 3,000 mile round trip to perform "Shedding Skin" at the Elgin Fringe Festival. What a wonderful experience! Wonderful because it definitely built my confidence (That is a LONG trip! and I did it by myself! Also smartphones are amazingly helpful things!) and wonderful because I met the most amazing people.
It's no secret that part of the reason why I LOVE Fringe is the chance to see other people's work. I took in:
JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS
by Olive Juice Theatre
Fun, well-done participatory children's theatre. I'm still singing the songs. Also, I got to play:
by La Groove Fatale
Gorgeous belly dancing. The a capella zills opening piece was captivating! (The whole show was captivating.)
IMPROVISED MYTHOLOGY: an interesting experiment in long-form comedic improv. Long form improv scares the snot out of me, so I'm always impressed with people who have the balls to do it as a performance.
It was modern dance. It was humorous. It was feminist. It was visceral. I FREAKING LOVED IT. Also, the women of Titterglitz are awesome, and I was so happy I got to hang out with them.
EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU'RE GAY DAVID BOYLE
by David Boyle
Warm, humorous, wonderful storytelling.
A LIFE AMONG SECRETS
by William Pack
It occurred to me that this was the first time I had actually attended live, in-person a magic show. MUCH more compelling than seeing the glitz and glitter I used to see on TV as a kid. (I mean, it's kind of disturbing and gross to see "The Human Blockhead" in person, but...also really cool.) I don't know much about the history of the art of magic, but William's entertaining and knowledgeable storytelling made me want to know more. Also, lots of really well done audience participation.
by Imaginez Ensembles
Delightful. Acrobatics and clowning and aerial silks wound into a story about taking risks and following your dreams.
by Captain Ambivalent
Sparkly boots, an inflatable T-rex, great storytelling...and giggle-worthy songs. On an accordion. My pun and wordplay loving friends would have ADORED this.
A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING
by Cody Clark
Whole-hearted, heartwarming, enthusiastic storytelling and delightful magic!
by Madeleine Hicks
Charming stop motion combined with storytelling
THREE DAUGHTERS WHO ARE NOT DAUGHTERS
by The Group Project
I'm still processing this one. Complex and layered, passionate and compelling.
by Debbie From
This. This is the one that made me cry. Lovely storytelling. Honest and intimate and raw.
Kelly Bolton is a goof and I love it. So many great characters. So many giggles.
In his persona as "Diagnostradamus," he told my fortune using a combination of cootie catcher and diagnostic manual. In a teeny tiny (kinda creepy) closet. It was awesome.
So, was it worth the three very long days of road tripping to get there? Well, I am already trying to figure out how I can make it again next summer.
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