These photos are by Matteo Servente. We went to the Pig Preserve to spend time with my friends and to dance with them.
Photo One is Yankee Wilbur asking what's up.
Photo Two is Abbie Christopher and me talking to each other.
Photo Three is Blue-eyed Wilbur and me in the high pasture after we shot our duet.
We will have a dance film coming out in January I hope, maybe sooner. Gotta look at the material and see what it says.
I just don't really have words for what I'm experiencing. Perhaps I'm going over the deep end, and for that I will be forever grateful ... to the Pigs.
For those who replied to my prior post, I have so many things I want to say to you, about the language these Pigs speak, about why A.C. chose me and how I chose him, and what this learning/collaboration means to me. I want to hold your questions and not answer them just yet. But please stay in touch with me. Bethany and I are putting together the next release of the state of the union for my Piggy project and her Cotton project. We are seeking locations for december 21/22, still tentative. Meanwhile thank you so very much for your care, your questions, and maybe even your concerns! :-)
Rich Hoyle, Tyler, the Pig Preserve, and to all those who share their realness deeply and broadly with others, regardless of species. May your magic stay unbridled. Maggie Rawling-Harstad, who believed in the magic in the first place. I would not be who I now am without your love, support, and visionary impetus to make all of this come true.
Dance Makers Workshop is now in the afterglow of a week-long depth charge of dancing with the kind and generous, supportive and challenging guidance of Elizabeth Corbett.
Above you see Friday's final session. We took a break from thrusting and orbiting through a phrase from Enemy in the Figure to look more closely at details and sparks from what comprised it in the making. DMW's photographer in residence, Matteo Servente, dropped in and captured a few moments of learning.
A few of us met for a "Nine Points Playground" study hall. The Nine Points are a product of Rudolf von Laban, but the way Forsythe applied them and the way Elizabeth incorporated them into teaching improvisation technology left us with lots of open curiosities. So we rented space and went over notes and tried things. It was pretty hilarious.
Bethany and I thank each of you who made this workshop possible. It was a labor of love and the echoes are still rippling.
The Halloran Center and the University of Memphis were as generous as Elizabeth was with their space and energy.
Here's to this dancing life!
My only regret is that it was so hard to convince a sufficient number of us to participate, but Bethany and I both realize that time and money to advance our creative discipline is not easy to generate and safeguard. We are so grateful that as a community we were able to do that adequately this go-round. enough to make it real. that's all we need, folks.