Haven’t had time to post because I’ve just been all over the place. Work has been steady, which is good, and I’m not complaining. Lots of shows coming up and I got to see a Unearthing, a work-in-progress by Ea Torrado with members of the Daloy Dance Company for Karnabal Festival, and followed it up with Christopher Aronson’s work-in-progress alternative interactive theater piece called Playtime!.
One of my more problematic projects that has extended way past its due is finally seeing the finishing line and I cannot wait for that project to end. It was fun doing it but the conditions have been far from ideal. I don’t want to go into something like that again. Don’t get me wrong, the work is great and challenging, the client is a dream. What makes it “far from less than ideal” is the situation that got me into the project and how it turned out. It sort of went sour and I had to pick up the void that was left when my partner dropped the ball on his end and I had to pick up the slack and it wasn’t what I signed up for, really.
It’s work I can do but it’s stressful work which I try to avoid, if possible.
Today, I’m catching another two shows. I’m really enjoying this non-stop flow of live performance art shows that’s happening in the city. Either it has always been this alive or I’ve only come to become aware of it now and now that it is in my radar, I see how many really do spring up every month.
But considering how many people have echoed my sentiments, “It’s a great time for spoken word, dance, theater, and art shows,” I know that it’s not just a heightened awareness of these forms coming into the spotlight. It really is a sort of boom for the art scene and the performing arts scene in the city.
And just yesterday, I gave a workshop on Beginner’s Poetry at the No Box Transitions office. I had nine participants and we just went through the basics of crafting together a poem and reading through some really good, choice work (I think I chose some really good ones, and I’m not going to be modest about my choices) and I was so happy to see the participants’ minds explode after every reading of each poem.
Even I got impressed with how some of the poems turned out. These are poems that I’ve read and taught before but being such excellently written poems, there is always something new to glean from them after time has passed like Girl Writing a Letter by William Carpenter. This is my third time teaching this poem to a class and I’ve been able to get new insights out of this poem and it just drove me nuts when I figured out a whole new dimension to it. For the participants who read the piece for the first time, their minds just blew up. It was awesome.
If I may say so, I think I handle a beginner’s poetry class pretty well. I’m kind of proud of myself for how I conduct the class and how I manage to get the basics out there in a way that doesn’t seem as scary or intimidating.
So, I’m still full-tilt boogie into this art world and I’m enjoying every minute of it. It’s keeping me busy and I’m having fun in the process and it’s paying the bills, so it is a good thing. It’s all good. I’m happy. I’m not able to post as often here but my mind is working, I’m constantly engaged in art, and I’m doing just fine.