‘Saltus Chori Aevum’, the MMMM 2012 performance happened more than a month ago; it’s difficult for me to believe. I usually drop off the planet right after finishing a huge project, and this one was no different, except for the sense of moving the action and motivation of themes of the project into the recesses of my private life; cleansing, scouring, stripping down to a rawness and starting fresh, renewing. I have been cleaning my house like I have never done before; moving into my own home with a baby 7 years ago, I have never taken enough time out from working to really even move in, or upkeep much of anything. There is always a new project, more work. But this has created mental blockages for me that have grown difficult to overcome, it seems silly but very real. So, it seems small, ordinary, menial, unimportant to even mention; giving away piles of things, removing old patterns, and cleaning layers of real and psychological dirt….but it feels very much like the process of creating this performance is the impetus for this private excavation, and will hopefully un-block my way to re-newed making.
It brings me to a feeling of gratitude for choreographer/dancer Jessica Jobaris, for helping all of us involved to dig around in our heads and bodies for the movements to say what we needed to see. Through meditation and improvisation workshops, she helped us all create a score, and I always found myself on the floor scrubbing, pushing and pulling imagined waters. More than just creating what you might have seen at Dupen Fountain in May, she helped me unlock a new quiet vocabulary in my own body, and I’m nervous and excited to see how it will influence my new work.
I owe huge thank you’s and deep gratitude to all my collaborators on this project. All of them, as well as Jessica, Monica Schley, Saskia Delores, Andrea Ivesand Rodrigo Valenzuela approached this project with a sense of nurture and working from a place of intuition and experimentation. There was a rawness in the piece that I really loved that reminded me of community gatherings and ritual; intent takes priority over perfection. And this is what I found compelling about the flood of cell-phone pictures that I found on the internet after this public piece opened; they’re like tiny moments of the individual’s perception. The images in this post are just a few of those:
I also am so thankful for the guidance and support of this project from Marcia Iwasaki at the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and Layne Cubell from The Seattle Center Foundation/Next 50. This project wouldn’t have been possible with their sharp management and dedication.
I also am grateful to the kind volunteering efforts of the friends and acquaintances who came out to assist us with putting this on: Mary Lee Drake, Rebecca Bloom, Wyly Astley, Kristie Metcalf , Glenn Billard, Ellen Eades, Barb Matthews, Renata Almeida. I know I have forgotten a few names – I’m so sorry – but I am so grateful for the support!
More images taken by Photographer/Filmmaker Rodrigo Valenzuela