Studies in Empathy

a repository for thoughts, images and videos that arise from the creative process

and shared with you, when the spirit moves

… as it so often does.

update on Reaction Bubble

It was about this time two years ago that I sat in The Garden Center for a first meeting with Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus of LoVid (a New York-based multimedia duo), and Matt Towers (a Hartford-based ceramicist).  It was the start of a multiyear collaboration with LoVid at the helm, Real Art Ways acting as matchmaker, and the Rauschenberg Foundation as major funders.  The motivating theme has been proxemics … the study of the nature, degree, and effect of the spatial separation individuals naturally maintain (as in various social and interpersonal situations) and of how this separation relates to environmental and cultural factors… read more

Processing: Black + Woman + Avant Garde + Choreographer …

There are not yet clear thoughts or conclusions to offer here — just beginning efforts to gather thoughts in one place for future reference.  Black, woman, choreographer all ring true.  Avant-garde?  I don’t know. Seismic shifts …  I have been bracing myself as seismic shifts knock me off my center.  Shifts of all kinds in all areas.  While I can’t quite tease out where this whole thing is going, I’m clear that exciting things are being said out in the open. Case in point … Steve Ginsberg of Hartford’s Hartbeat Ensemble sent me an email over the holidays informing me of this event. … read more

Privy: the home stretch …

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I think I’ve been working on this solo forever.  OK.  Four years.  I’ve been working on Privy for four years.  The process began shortly after the first iteration of (re)Birth back in 2010.  I was fortunate to begin this work while in residence at the Bates Dance Festival that summer.  I continued the work into the fall while in residence at Billing Forge Community Works.  Then it all seemed too close.  I needed distance … a little perspective.  So my focus shifted to The Garden Center and the idea of offering (re)Birth in a series of performance salons there.  Since then, Privy has returned to the front burner for stretches of time only… read more

Exciting Re-emergences … Why Wait?

… and we’re back!  When last I wrote back in February, I was on vacation with my bestie ruminating about all things retreat, faith and reciprocity.  Well, that turned out to be a lengthy and fruitful meditation because, in the months between that time and this, everything has changed!  I’ve wanted to share the crazy transformation of my life as it has all been unfolding, but with so many moving parts, I have had to hunker down and direct my focus in a BIG way. So … where do I start?  Well, back in March I accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Modern/Contemporary Dance at Hampshire College in… read more

Now and the Future Converges …

I must’ve decided a long time ago that it would be best if I didn’t set my company’s repertory on students.  I am committed to collaborative process and it always seemed far more beneficial, educationally and artistically, for  me to create new work with and for student artists.  In that context, I could help students embody their own voices and thematic concerns while driving them to push past their perceived boundaries.  I could also play to their strengths, knowledge base and skill sets.  My experience directing Dialogue Cycles, an interdisciplinary student ensemble at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts (GHAA) from 2006-2011, provided an important laboratory… read more