Sunday, March 15, 2009

Inshallah

Today I took a leap of faith, and all I can do now is hope for the best. I believe everything happens for a reason, so if things seemingly don't turn out the way I'd like, I can still see other options and opportunities.

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I saw a picture in Sports Illustrated of a baseball player in spring training. He had a small parachute attached to his belt to create wind resistance, thus making it harder for him to run. As soon as I saw that picture, I immediately recalled all my dreams in which I'm running. The feeling of running in my dreams is exactly what it must feel like to run with a parachute attached to my pants.

And then it made me think of that episode of "The Simpsons" where Homer eats the bad chili and goes on a trip in the desert. While attempting to run, he instead gets caught in a series of poses that resemble individual photos of someone running, as opposed to running fluidly.

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I was watching "Hole in the Wall" on tv tonight for the first time. At the end, one contestant had to wear blinding goggles whilst her teammates gave her verbal instructions as to how to 'clear' the wall. The limited descriptive vocabulary people used made me think how much easier it would be to have classically trained dancers on the show. Instead of shouting vague instructions such as, 'Arms out to the side, right leg up', and then watch their teammate get knocked into the pool, a dancer could shout, 'Arms in second, right leg second, 90 degrees', and watch their teammate hit flexed and straightened versions of said directions and 'clear' the wall.

A N Y ways......

Getting back in class tomorrow hopefully. This last week was rather uneventful. I didn't really feel inspired to move much, at least not in the traditional sense, but I am looking forward to mending that this week.

Next week, it's off to Eastern Europe. First, I head to Istanbul for about 12 days, then on to Budapest for another 7 days. Excited!

Schwing

Wow, I have not used this for over a year. It's not because I don't have anything to say, it's probably just because I am lazy and/or a poor writer.

I could write an update, since the last post was from Christmas 2007. Hmm, let's see....over Christmas break, I travelled to Barcelona, Sevilla, Granada, Madrid, and all over Israel. In a nutshell, I loved Barcelona, especially 'hiking' Tibidabo; I loved the old charm of Seville where I constantly ate jamon serrano; Granada was very cold that particular week but the chocolate con churros warmed (and fattened) me up; Madrid felt like London, but with a much more agreeable language; Israel was nice and warm (yes, even in December and January), I stayed in Jerusalem the first week, then Tel Aviv the second. Using those two cities as bases, I explored the rest of the country, took class, met with old friends and made some new ones.

School resumed in January 2008, the second term at Laban felt like less a blur than the previous, but still blurry nonetheless. I got to participate in the repertory project with choreographer Fleur Darkin's Augustine. It was a very good learning experience and it took a lot out of me.

Spring term break saw trips to Rome, Venice, and Berlin yay! Third term flew past very quickly, I got a bit injured, have since recovered, saw a lot of dancing and formed many opinions.

I got to perform in the end of year show in two pieces, finished the program at Laban and faced my next step.

I made an unlikely decision and stayed in London for the time being.

Summer started and London actually saw a few days of sun (how I missed it). I lounged around, went to Switzerland where I stayed with two friends, one in Baar, the other in Graubunden. I found Switzerland to be an amazingly beautiful albeit ridiculously expensive country. I also spent a week in Berlin for a rehearsal stint that was rather uneventful.

In late August, I returned home to Los Angeles for 2 weeks to take care of paperwork, gorge myself with Hawaiian BBQ, stock up on DVDs, and visit Disneyland for good measure.

I returned to London in mid-September to start at London Contemporary Dance School. As the title of this blog suggests, stranger things have happened and did happen and next thing I know, I'm back home in LA facing the possibility of returning to London in the fall.

In late February, I spontaneously decided to travel to New York City for the first time and see the sites! I found myself dissapointed with the museums there, a total shock to me since I generally love all museums. Not so here, which is a double suck considering the rip off admission fees. Overall, I liked the energy of the city in all its beauty and ugliness but also realized how much I appreciate my space.

Here in LA, I'm going slightly more insane but its probably good to take a step back in order to move forward. Now, I'm planning several more trips-Istanbul, Budapest, and Tokyo- and getting myself to move a bit. Creation is a rough road brothers.