Thank you (Nya:weh) all my friends, supporters, colleagues, and audience for a wonderful and successful 2014. I sincerely wish you a wonderful beginning to 2015.
Here is our Year In Review and some info on our Upcoming Events and Classes …
I created We Wait In The Darkness a dance/art project which is both an evening length dance and a contemporary art and historical exhibit.
The dance premiered at Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis and toured in the U.S. and Canada to the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, University of California at Riverside , the Myrna Loy Center in Helena, the MAI in Montréal, and SUNY Fredonia in New York.
In October, I was honored in Minnesota with a 2014 Sage Dance Award for my film and set design for We Wait In The Darkness. I have an amazing team of people with whom I worked on this production to thank for that honor: François Richomme (composer), Steven Carlino (production manager), Karin Olson (lighting), and Laura Waterman Wittstock (performer).
We Wait In The Darkness was made possible by NEFA National Dance Project, American Composers Forum, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, MN State Arts Board, First Peoples Fund, and over 120 individual supporters.
I had many opportunities to launch my new project Skin(s). First at The Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver with Taja Will, and then in Santa Fe at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts during a social engagement residency.
In November, I had the honor of working in San Francisco and Minneapolis with NAKA Dance Theater and again with composer François Richomme. We performed a new version of Skin(s) within a beautiful lighting design by Mike Grogan and a new paper and film set I created. Skin(s) was commissioned by the Right Here Showcase and made possible by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and 74 Kickstarter supporters.
In 2015 I will be raising funds for the next two-year phase of the project Skin(s) which will be developed in Chicago, San Francisco and in the Twin Cities.
I will be teaching three Contact Improvisation classes on Monday evenings beginning January 5th at the Cowles Center for Dance and continue teaching Body Re-Education classes beginning January 9th at Zenon Dance on Friday mornings (see classes for details).
I will also continue to tour We Wait In The Darkness with productions at The Autry National Center in Los Angeles (January 24), Maui Arts and Culture Center (March 19), Dance Place in Washington D.C. (April 18 & 19), and to four cities in greater Minnesota. Please send your friends in LA, DC & Maui! More details on the MN tour soon.
I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season and I look forward to sharing 2015 with you.