Some of you have heard me say that choreographer Doug Elkins has an encyclopedic memory for details, for music, and for information. He has an active and fertile mind. If you listen carefully while he speaks, his references and quotes can unlock new doors to making the most of life. Perhaps he is our 21st-century … Continue reading Doug Elkins: A Choreographer AND a Philosopher?
Anniversaries give me the permission to look back, something I generally don't like to indulge in too much. On the occasion of DANCEworks 10th Anniversary, I began to think way back until the beginning of SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara in 1997, over twenty years ago! At the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing, … Continue reading The Unsung Stories of Being an Arts Administrator
One of my pleasures in life is the discovery that one part of my life has unexpectedly overlapped with another. Currently, my work in the world of contemporary dance is aligning with my ongoing love affair with Japan.
Who and What is Takarazuka?? Yikes! This really exists! (for full affect, do watch the videos.) Part of what endears Japan to me is the seemingly never-ending discoveries to be made at both ends of the spectrum from the sublime to the ridiculous. A few days ago we travelled out of Kyoto to attend a … Continue reading Meanwhile, Only in Japan at Takarazuka
The universe turns a blind eye to the triumphs, losses, and vicissitudes of our individual daily lives. After a resounding success or a horrific loss, I expect the world I see when my eyes open to somehow be altered. It never is. That can be a source of comfort but is also a source of … Continue reading The Top of the Mountain