Hello, In honor of the highlights, lowlights, and all the light in between, I present...
A year in rear view:
In the 1930s talkie technology (sound + moving image) was developed which put Vaudeville's live performers out of work. In 2020-21 a global pandemic has left performing artists jobless. After conducting Vaudeville orchestras in the 20s and early 30s my great grandfather made a musical shorts production company, Mentone Productions, to adapt to the changing technology and times. This year, while many choreographers have become dance filmmakers, I have explored super 8 mm film as a medium for my choreographic process. The audio in this edit is from Mentone Productions' 1930s recordings I hunted down in 2016. This video is an ode to the adaptability of artists navigating life in America for the past 100 years.
This work was possible thanks to the support from CA$H Grant and the one and only dance artist / collaborator, Erin Yen.
Photo of H. Wicks by Austin Forbord, Flyaway Productions 2021
Above is performance image from "Mercy" with Flyaway Productions in October. While dancing on the side of CounterPulse with this small steel suitcase was a healthy challenge, one of the best parts of this show was the friendships I built with the people who live in the windows I was dancing alongside.
Although the stars did not allign for site specific aerial work at Skybridge on Stevenson's Thursday night live performance party this year, I was honored to bring back a solo from the archive, "Human Ladders" featuring text by Anne Boyer.
Creative Movement in the Wild: I taught embodied creativity, dance, and acrobatics with groups in many innovative situations this year. We navigated weather, park permits, and COVID safety. It feels more important now than ever to support young people to move their bodies with peers while building confidence and coordination.
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Joanna Haigood is at the helm and the plan is to fly on this 70' swing in Grace Cathedral. There will also be dancers working on a 100' ladder and another stunning aerial installation you will have to come experience IRL, February 2022.