North Country Fair 2015 part 1
Creamery Festival 2015
In memory of Robert.
Robert slept just down the street outside of Synapsis. I talked with him almost every day. He died last night from the cold. I miss him.
Robert took apart electronics and old windows and recycled the metals from them to make money. He was a gentle person and rather shy. He would often talk loudly to himself if he was upset, which could intimidate some people, but he was always respectful. I heard that he experienced an extreme loss and that is what brought him to the streets.
I would try to check on him during the day and when I was around Synapsis at night...and had been thinking about him a lot lately. He preferred to sleep outside.
I have been thinking a lot about people's perceptions of those who are houseless or living on the streets. It is popular in this area to generalize about people who have meth addictions or who have challenges with "normalcy" and to criticize them. Lately, young men have been driving by and throwing eggs at the people who are camped around Synapsis. There have been public meetings about the homeless "problem."
If you have any friends or conversations with people who are houseless, then you already know that most people are on the streets because there is not a place for them in everyday society. I am not an advocate of meth, but meth addiction does not make someone an evil person. It often means someone is self-medicating. Yes, crimes are sometimes committed by people who have addictions ... but these crimes pale in comparison to those committed by corporations. Why is it so easy in our society to criticize those who have the least? Those who choose not to participate in capitalist lifestyles?
I think we have better options in our society. We cannot wait for institutions to create the world we want to exist. I ask that people take a break from consumerism during this time to give something to someone who has less than you do. To create a space for compassion that is centered around actions in the world. I am willing to offer the use of Synapsis to anyone who wants to do anything there. Every Tuesday I open the space for art and hot soup and tea and conversation. From 1-3:30 p.m. You can come if you like. Perhaps there could be something late at night too? I don't know. I would love to be part of a working group around actively creating a society that we want. Starting with those who are at the bottom of the capitalist pyramid. WIlderness and animals, those who live in poverty. I wonder if I could have done more for Robert. I hope he is in peace.
In memory of Robert. With love. And action.
Techniques for Landing was riveting on Friday night, merging spoken word with an eclectic soundtrack, movement above our heads and on the floor, and a lighting design that included shadow play. Leslie Castellano’s aerial dance theater piece is based around a myth written and recited by the cast, about birds that built tunnels under the earth, looking for an underground sky. The narrative itself is loose and its imagery, poetic. There is a man from space, there is a woman in a war-torn city, there is love and working together, there is a desire for things, there are the birds who finally fly out of the earth into the sky. A pregnant woman, dancing solidly, and an exquisite performance by a 9-year-boy added an edge of vulnerability. Techniques for Landing is a searching into the heart of what makes us human, a hopeful prayer for finding what may save us.
Danny Furlong will be leaving North Coast Dance after 11 years as artistic director, the dance company announced today. During his years at the dance company, Furlong worked to make dance classes more accessible to the community, teaching dance with College of the Redwoods and helping get scholarships for dance students.
In addition to staging "The Nutcracker" annually, Furlong created a number of other shows at North Coast Dance, including "Gabriel's Garden," "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "To Pluto and Back."
The North Coast Dance Board of Directors also announced today that the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts will be open for this year's staging of "The Nutcracker" in December and its "March of the Ballet Zombies" and membership gala in October.
The Journal wrote about Furlong's first production of "The Nutcracker" in 2002.
Read the full press release below.
Theater manager Carly Robbins confirmed that the news was handed down from Security National — Rob Arkley’s real estate and investment company — last week, but said any further information would have to come the company directly.
Dance performances are scheduled through June. In a press release quoted by the Times-Standard, but not sent to the Journal, Security National indicated the theatre will close in July for repairs and is expected to reopen in 2014.
Despite Paul Taylor’s importance as a choreographer and the superhuman talent of his dancers, for some time he hadn’t been my favorite among 20th century modern dance masters. During Musical Offering, the ambitious opening dance at the Van Duzer on Tuesday evening, I became a born-again fan.
This contemporary tribal dance revolves around a clan’s relationship to a revered member. But the intricacies of Taylor’s endless groupings create an emotional energy greater than any narrative. Stiff-legged, straight-armed rows of dancers lean side to side in rhythm, while coveys of curving bodies move in and around the layered Bach score. Beyond the loin-clothed costuming, a tribal-ness is invoked through the attentiveness it takes to create and perform this type of ensemble work.
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