These entries chronicle a choreographic research process that began in 2011 and eventually led the creation and performance of Midway Avenue in 2014. The process includes visits to London to interact with colleagues Wendy Houston, Matteo Fargion and Rahel VonMoos as well as rehearsal in Philadelphia with a cast of dancers. The early research project and eventual production were funded by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Enjoy!

Monday, December 9, 2013

First rehearsal - Marlybone Gardens

I started the process by meeting up with Rahel VonMoos and Matteo Fargion.  I performed the 30 minute draft of the solo I’ve been working on.  We had a great chat about where it's headed, where the strenghts and problems lay, and how they might get involved over these next two weeks. 

I rehearsed at a space called Marylebone Gardens-  a pop up theater and venue created and hosted by Theatre Delicatessen.  TD is using the space that was once a BBC building and sharing the rooms to artists at very low rates.  
The set up of the space was an inspiring start to my process. 
(but with only a tiny electric heater in the corner – it was a bit chilly!)

I love this system of temporarily converting unused space in a densely populated area. 
LMCC does of great job of this in NYC – its no simple task – and the small theater company doing it here is working its tail off to keep the program going.  

Marylebone Gardens is in the heart of an upscale shopping area.  During this pre-christmas season the foot-traffic is high – and its so great to see a sign for free entrance to a photography exhibit nextdoor to a shop selling $600 shoes.

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