Indy Convergence-Day 8: Studying gender and being site specific

2013-05-27 16.07.36Everyday should start with pilates with Caitlin, as ours did today.  After we all checked in, I made my way to the dance studio to work on my side project.  I had been working on the photo slide show and spoken word, so I was excited to put it together with the choreography of the piece.  It had been a week since my last rehearsal, and I am very happy I had that much time.  I was completely unsure of the transitions from the different sections of the piece.  Putting together the video and having time to reflect helped me to gain some clarity on what I wanted out of the piece.  We added some more choreography today, as well as adding the element of costumes and costume changes.  I am very happy with where we are and we still have rehearsal tomorrow to clean, clarify, and get everything we learned so quickly in our bodies.

I wish every day was blob day.  We got spend a lot of the Umbrella Project rehearsal on the blob scene, which means getting to move and play in the blog suits.  I will need my own blob suit so I can blob it up any time I want after Indy Convergence is over and about 15 so I can have them for students to use in class.  Everyone should be a blob at some point in their life 🙂

2013-05-27 16.07.44After feeling very self-conscious and awkward the first time trying the Driad scene, in which I have quite a bit of improvised spoken word, today felt 100% better.  What a difference a day makes.

Josh’s Site Specific workshop was next.  My eyes light up when I hear those two words (especially if you add the word improv to it).  The workshop did not disappoint.  After some great discussion about how we define and should define site specific work, it was play time.  We split up into groups, each being given a specific space in the Wheeler to create a site specific piece to.  We got the layered platforms in the performance space with the shiny metallic sculpture/set that Lee has created.  I immediately wanted to play with the levels and tight spaces of the platforms.  We used the bit of scrap materials that were in the space, utilized the mirror within the sculpture, as well as the brick wall the platform is against.

I enjoyed seeing the other groups site specific pieces as much as creating ours.  We had everything from a haunted house/hallway, to a very literal kill room, to chair climbing.  My day ended with watching Colleen’s about masks, featuring her teacher, as we ate dinner.  I wrapped up the night by finishing all of my video and sound editing.  Everything is taking shape and I am getting very excited for Saturday!