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best portland trip yet.
portland center stage and arts and communication are lovely and while work didn’t allow me to see much of the town, the usual watering holes treated me well. lucky me, my partner came along this time and he’s had a bonafide vacation, hanging with our friends, scotch constantly on deck. he also gave a lecture to the students at arts and communication magnet, a public arts school, not unlike the one he went to. i get such a thrill watching him in his element. he’s a smart one, that husband of mine. lucky, lucky me.
ive been able to steal a couple moments away in the grey and have spent much of that in discovering. walking about, getting (moderately) lost—- all the things i enjoy doing in new cities. ive put so much energy into rediscovering the things that give me hope and joy and life and many of those things are starting to manifest themselves more and more often. inspiration is everywhere, as it has always been. i think im searching for it more and able to spot it out in obscure forms more successfully. no resolution yet—- and maybe there won’t be one. the life mantra stays the same: do good work. do more work. do work that matters.
ive got a couple projects in flux right now, as usual. i’m anxious to watch it all settle. ive got a couple big (work) trips on the boards and a couple leisure trips too. ive gotta get better at those l-e-i-s-u-r-e trips. every city is a new opportunity to create new work it seems and make real connection, but sometimes ive gotta just be where my feet are. there are many parts of life. i want to absorb all of the colors. colors. colors.
what an amazing 5weeks! the first time in YEARS I’ve had an actual vacation… well I took a vacay on our honeymoon, but that was only a couple weeks, so… this was a vacation well earned.
im proud that i was able to get so much rest … which, for me, is work in its own right! i was able to get a lot of stuff done that i wanted, or see everyone that i wanted to see, but it was splendid, nonetheless.
next up: heading to Portland to workshop “Por Knockers” by Katori Hall at Portland Center Stage AND teach at Arts and Communication Magnet! Plus, the hubby is coming with me! :)
Will report next from PDX, but I’d just like it to go on record that labanation is not dead! There are many artists that still believe in creative consciousness… and after transcribing choreo for 7 hours today, I will say that I’m probably not one of them and the recording method is probably my best friend.
Just listened to Susannah Grant (writer of Erin Brockovich) give this fantastic lecture at BAFTA, where she shared this idea that making a movie is a lot like making a pizza…. The screenwriter makes the dough, the sauce and the cheese and says, “Look I made a pizza!” The director comes along and says, “Hey, that’s a great pizza - I wonder what it would be like if we added some pepperoni…” And then a couple of actors come along and say, “You know what else would be really good? Some tomatoes and maybe some peppers”. And so on and so forth… Teamwork, collaboration, humility, diversity - it all makes both the journey and the destination that much sweeter.