Month: October 2015

October 29th, “Fact/SF JuMP”

Choreography by Charles Slender-White and Lauren Simpson and Jenny Stulberg

I went to see Still Life No. 3 (Lauren Simpson and Jenny Stulberg).  A surprise! I think it was intended to be so:

“This is the third work in a developing series of dances exploring gesture, speed, scale, and unison.  There is no hidden meaning, symbols, or storyline, but if you see any of those things, we like that, too.”

The “music” was live sound recordings from the corner of 17th St. and Shotwell, and the dancers mostly faced away from the audience.  It was smart.  There was wit.  I kept trying to figure out what the “still life” was – the street? urban life?   Are we all too still even in the midst of city motion?  I enjoyed the starkness and the tinkering within it.  I wish I could see Still Life #2.

(I also sat through Spread Thin by Charles Slender-White. For the record, it’s always ok to leave at intermission)

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October 3rd, “Eurydice”

Written by  Sarah Ruhl  and Directed by  Erika Chong Shuch

On an unexpected date with myself.  I just had to go after hearing from more than one person of its delights, its realness.

What resonated:

Love

Oblivion

Buckets

The chorus!  of stones no less.  For a brief moment I was thrown back into Ch. 2 of the dissertation – my fascination with how playwrights “do” the greek chorus.  They sang, they moved, they were “dancers.”

I was moved – I felt something.

I am compelled to read some Sarah Ruhl….when I have time, maybe next year.