Stream of consciousness

Stream of Consciousness created after my father’s passing— when creating this I also thought of my time as a choreographer and what happens to the brain during the creative process– for me so much goes on and I wanted to do something that brought a sense of mystery and whimsy.

when writing this new story of a girl who needs to be trained to pass 4 tests so that she can release her father and mother to become the sun and the moon–I think of this work and what it entails to muddle through your stream of consciousness to get to the actual work.

Tomorrow I will add more of the story with my Tea and Writing time…until then hope you find this dance work interesting

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“Unbound” a dance work about books

When I choreographed this piece, which was over 20 years ago! (yikes) I was working at Ximenes Rare Books in NYC. Mr. Weissman was  my boss. He was great. He and his wife Vicki welcomed me with open arms. I worked there for a little over 4 years and the Weissman’s always supported my dancing. They would come to shows and in this work Stephen had a lot of books in the back that were “incomplete” and so I asked if I could use some in this work.

I dealt with several themes: 1) at the time schools were choosing which books were proper or not proper for students to read, of which some were considered classics; 2) I was reading a book by Howard Bloom about the early writings of the Bible, and the term unbound came up; 3) how books throughout my life have meant so much in regards to how they made me think and feel; 4) the idea of being “unbound” was interesting to me; a sense of being bare to the world.

So, here is Unbound

Unbound 1990

I choreographed this dance to honor my love of books. At the time I was working in an Antique Book store selling 17th & 18th century English Literature. Thanks to my boss, Stephen Weissman, I was given permission to use the books that were not sellable. Their backs or spines were torn or pages missing and some of them were “unbound.” The title refers to the feeling of not being complete human beings, we are constantly searching. My love of books goes way way back and so it was inevitable that I marry a writer.

I hope people who view this respond well to it.

The space is the old Cunningham Space in NYC (it no longer exists) and the dancers are: Carol Dilley, Ed Tyler (no longer with us), Michael Foley, Katiti King, Rise Karns, Ted Johnson, Robin Goldfin, and Julie Tarrantino

The year 1990, 23 years ago my life was very different.