Sunday, September 30, 2007

You put the fun in funeral.

Last night rocked, I'd say.

I went to Sadler's Wells to see Hofesh Shechter's "Uprising/In Your Rooms". It was unofficially Laban night over there, as practically everyone from the school attended. Seeing my classmates in human clothes, hair down, and "scrubbed up" is like seeing a dog walk on it's hind legs. Okay so I so stole that from 'Mean Girls'.

The show was pretty fucking awesome. The first piece, 'Uprising' featured seven men throwing themselves around stage, flying across the floor, appearing out of nowhere, and sharing intense energy. There were moments of complete male aggression followed by moments of tenderness and calm. I loved the intense physicality of the piece.

The second piece, 'In Your Rooms' was even cooler. It featured most of the company whose dancers have such amazing movement qualities. The live music was so energetic and percussive, with the choreography perfectly matching. I loved the choreography, I loved the music, and I loved the dancers for their physical daring and insanity!

Later on, my friend and I made our way to King's Cross to see some live music at a pub. The first musician we saw, Fiona Bevan, kind of reminded us of Joss Stone. She was really quirky vocally and had some interesting lyrics, my favorite being "you put the fun in funeral".

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I need to think about my term schedule and who knows how long that will take.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

drag

today leaving the tube station, a man referred to me as an "ignorant, chinese immigrant". i've never even been to china in my life.

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Why do we all get so happy when we buy the most ridiculout things?

Kettles, socks, tee shirts, desk lamps, etc. Strangeness....

I love the kids I assist in the morning. They're so honest and straightforward in their behavior, their dancing.

Really, we lose this quality.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

shtuyot

I'm learning to speak Hebrew. I think this was inevitable.

My feet are so scabby, it's disgusting. Classes are fun and challenging. It's all new to me so that keeps everything exciting. Today after class a group of us asked our teacher some questions for our teaching class. We asked her about her influences as a mover and teacher. Long story short, she told us to grab the bull by the horns and make things happen. Yup.

I love my new jazz teacher. She has this insane energy that seems to rub off on everyone in the studio. Which is so great because no matter how tired I am, I always find the energy to "do it again".

Of all the performances I've seen so far, there have been some where I've felt like falling asleep. Tonight I actually did fall asleep only to be awakened by an elbow to the arm. I miss music in dance. My opinion on dancing in silence is that the dancers onstage have to be really amazing to manipulate my attention into believing the music they're making. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. There comes a point in a piece where I just want to scream, "Just use some fucking music, really!" Like the idea of dancing to music is so unbearable or something.

Tonight I saw a really great fucking piece at my school's MA Dance Showcase. It was about Haiti and it was fucking amazing. The dancers in it were so powerful and dynamic. The choreography was exciting. It was an inspiring piece for sure. We all left freaking out about it. It was so cool.

'Without A Trace' is on TV right now.

Going to see Hofesh Shechter Saturday night. Looking forward to it....

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

lame lame lame-o

The week at Laban has been pretty cool so far. Tonight I had the greatest jazz class ever with this amazing teacher Hagit, who just let us have so much fun. It was a much needed class after a full day of seriousness. I wish I could take her class every night, no matter how tired I am from everything else, it would be great to end the day with a class like that.

Last night my neighbor performed in a tap jam in Soho, so the other neighbors and I went to go see him, and it was such a fun night. The vibe in that place was so positive and all the tappers were just improvising and having fun, in turn giving us a good time. It's nice to see tap dancing every now and then, I don't see it nearly as often as I should.

Tonday I took a Pilates class for the first time ever. It was a basic class, yet I still struggled, which shows me just how out of shape I really am, eeew.

I love my new ballet teacher.

Choreography yesterday was fun. I partnered with this one girl and we had to learn as much as we could about each other and choreograph solos based on the information. Then we had to present them to the whole class. It was actually more fun than I thought it would be. Yay, that's a good start.

Okay well that's it for now.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

step inside and then outside of yourself

The past week has been a fun one I'd say. Everyday we had class and seminars to introduce us to more and more of what Laban has to offer, and it's quite a lot. Unfortunately I can't do everything and will eventually have to make choices over what I'll be doing, but whatever it is, it'll be what's best for me even if I don't know it. That makes no sense. But what ever does with me?

On Monday night I went to see 'The Sound of Music' at the London Palladium. It was a grand performance and I got goosebumps throughout. I really enjoyed it a lot. My first West End musical, yay. On Tuesday I went to the Place to see 'Touch Wood', the first of a series of works in progress and other random stuff. For the most part, it was an enjoyable evening, but there was this one piece I could have lived without and really wouldn't hold in a high regard.

On Thursday night, I went to see 'Touch Wood' again with a different lineup and this show was far more exciting. There was this awesome duet with two women dancing to separate sections of the same music. The music was energetic, the choreography was interesting, and the dancers themselves were really good. They did this one part in silhouette against white curtains, and the shapes they made with their bodies was really neat. Next was a solo by a teacher at my school that was more profound in its message than anything. The third piece was a duet featuring Jin Yeob Cha and Fernando Martins that blew me away!! Everything about it was so exciting, I swear that even people who don't like to watch dance in general would have liked this one. It was just all over the place, the dancers fully giving themselves to everything and just throwing themselves all over the stage with an energy thats enviable. I wished the dance would have gone on and on. After the show I met Fernando and told him how cool I thought the piece was, and he said that's just the shortened version and they want to add to it and 'improve it'. Oh. My. God. When and where is all I need to know. Next was a piece by a classmate of mine, Harriett Macauley, about Speaker's Corner and freedom of speech. I was so impressed with her piece and the choreography and idea altogether. She went so far as to have an American flag in one dancer's mouth, as if to stifle her. Then the flag came out and she began to dance. It was a great piece, really. The final piece of the night was something I hadn't seen before. It was a trio with two deaf women and a wheelchair bound man. Without use of his legs, he was very expressive with his upper body and arms and the three of them would speak and sign their movements as they did them simultaneously. It was really awesome.

Friday night I went to a Caileidh. What a fun Scottish night it was, though I suspect that if I were liquored up a bit, it might have been funner. I learned a few basic traditional Scottish dances. Yay something cultural!

Tonight I went to see 'Touch Wood' for the third time, with a different lineup of course. I also enjoyed tonight's performances. The first piece had 6 dancers who danced to spoken directions and "fragments". The second piece was one of my favorites of the series thus far. It had this one section with floor choreography that amazed me. One of the dancers had the most amazing movements qualities I have ever seen. I was really inspired by the way she danced, and I'm so glad when I go see a show and find a dancer whose movement just grabs me completely. The final piece was actually created from scratch by Hofesh Shechter and his company. It was a long (but very quick) process that culminated in an energetic and humorous dance.

At the show I ran into a lot of classmates of mine at Laban and realize how young I actually am. I always have this feeling that I'm so "old" and started dancing "so late". Maybe in LA terms, this is true, but maybe not so much the case for Europeans and elsewhere. People who love to dance will dance, regardless of their age or experience. It puts things into perspective for me and reminds me that although I might be a relatively late-starter to this crazy world of dance, it doesn't mean that I want it any less than anyone who has been dancing since they were a baby. If anything, it makes me hungrier and push more.

On a completely different note, I learned I have this "reading week" coming up in October, and I'm super psyched because I plan to travel around England. Legoland Windsor, hell yeah!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Untitled

Yesterday while on the Tube, I overheard two men talking. One of them is preparing to move to Hebron to work as a peace activist for the Swiss government. He has never been to Israel before and is quite nervous because of the political tension there, rightfully so. I admire what he is going to do, what he is going to be apart of. God bless him....

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

dawson's feet

On lunch break right now from class so I'm in my flat watching 'Dawson's Creek'. Seriously. It's funny how I used to be so obssessed with that show when it first came out and then I hated it and stopped watching. And now it's on.

So I don't live next to an asshole. Just a loud person.

I have cool neighbors.

I got to go now.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

All this hubbub.....

I live next to an asshole. On my way to reception, I ran into two new classmates and one of them suggested I stick a note under the neighbor's door that says "YOURE A CUNT!" I'm seriously considering it......

I wound up in a Mexican restaurant and a Spanish tapas bar in the course of 2 hours tonight. Maybe my Southern California-ness is innately leading me to these places. All I can say so far is that the Mexican food in Greenwich is better than the Mexican food I've had in central London, but that was half expected.

I made my way down to Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road today for the first time. I love how there are so many used book stores on Charing Cross. I ventured into the massive Virgin Megastore and got lost finding all sorts of random music...on sale, too! I was originally planning to go to Urban Outfitters, but never quite made it. Next time...

Tonight I learned that I like art, but I don't like art. I like obvious art. Classical art. I don't want to have to think. I want the answers to just jump out at me. Like a math test or something. Which is funny considering I don't feel the same way about dance. Or I used to. Prior to seeing Batsheva for the first time, I liked obvious stuff when it came to dance. Technical tricks impressed me and storylines were clearly mapped out. Everything looked somewhat contrived and planned and I didn't really care, it was all visually pleasing. Then I saw Batsheva's "Three" and that all changed. Now I guess I'm waiting for that same thing to happen with art. Because honestly, I just don't get it. I can't stand in front of a painting or a piece and "find its meaning". Actually, I really liked Egon Schiele's work I saw in Vienna. Prior to seeing his paintings, I'd never even heard of him, and now I love them.

Tomorrow is Sunday and my TV is still not working, and my mom took all the paperwork back home. I really want to watch TV!!

Fireworks happened over the Thames tonight outside my window. It was a pleasant surprise.

But my night was made by hearing a little boy say "fuckin'" twice in one sentence.

Friday, September 7, 2007

9 crimes, is that alright?

I'm so loving Damien Rice's "9 Crimes". I just bought the CD yesterday (I know how late am I?) but it's really good.

The Hungarian waiter gave me his number......after my mother insulted his English and referred to him as Russian.

My new cable connection is awesome! I've been on youtube nonstop, and I really like Jiri Kylian's "Sleepless" pas de deux. I watched it over and over and kept thinking, "I want to be in that!!" and I also liked stuff I found from Yasmeen Godder, Inbal Pinto, and Siobhan Davies, whose name I horribly mispronounce all the time.

There's this dance festival coming to London that's going to have all this cool stuff and I'm really excited about it. Gosh, I'm such a dork. Actually it's more the fact that being from LA, we don't get too much in European contemporary dance so it's nice to have access to all these companies all throughout the year at all these venues.

Starting this program is like starting high school again. I've known pretty much all the same people throughout the end of high school and into college, mainly through dance, and I haven't had to make much of an effort to meet new people, but now all of a sudden, I know no one and have to go through the socializing process all over again. Overall, people have been super friendly and one of my neighbors help me set up my tv.

I went over to Camden and Piccadilly Circus yesterday for the first time. Camden completely reminded me of San Francisco, minus the giant hills. It was such an eclectic place with all these market stalls selling the randomest shit. And there was a canal, too. Upon reaching Piccadilly Circus I turned into a total tourist and took all these pictures of those electronic billboards and the Eros statue, while oooh-ing and aaah-ing the whole time.

Sleepy now, goodnite.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Allo Allo

I am in London. It's quite nice, I like it here.

Today I had my induction day at Laban. It was only for the 1 year program-ers, but there were still a lot of us and I haven't even seen all the BAs and MAs. It's a huge, international student body, though my induction group comprised of pretty much all the Americans.

I'm really excited to start my program next week.