Starting

Liminal is the title of the newest dance piece being produced by Everything All At Once. We started rehearsals the first week of January, and the work will premier in July at ODC Theater in San Francisco as part of the SPF8 festival.

The concept grew out of research done while I was in residence with the Art Monastery Project in Italy this past summer.  We were hosted in the small town of Caramanico di Terme in the mountains of Abruzzo by Residenze Teatrali (ReTe) a local arts organization. The Art Monks are in a multi-year cycle of creative explorations that follow the daily rituals of western monasticism. This past summer was Dawn.

 View of the valley from the main street of Caramanico.  Ex-Convento di Clarisse, where we lived, worked and performed, is the cluster of buildings in the right foreground.

View of the valley from the main street of Caramanico.  Ex-Convento di Clarisse, where we lived, worked and performed, is the cluster of buildings in the right foreground.

Not being an early riser, dawn has never been a time of day I feel inspired by, so I was surprised when the theme proved so fruitful for me as an individual artist, and for the group as a whole. The collaborative research and making that we did turned into Prime, a surreal, movement-theater show performed this past fall through-out Europe by Neva Cockrell and Raffi Sacks of Loom Ensemble. 

The devised and collaborative process meant that I came home with many snippets of ideas, movements and images that hadn't been incorporated in the show (or had become unrecognizable in their incorporation.) Emma Jaster, fellow Art Monk and trusted collaborator, joined me in conceiving the bones of  Liminal,  a piece born from the threshold of Dawn and expanding outward into the universe of transitional spaces, chaos, unknown consequences, and heightened possibility.

This blog is here to track the rehearsal process and give you a window into the many investigations, discussions, random occurrences and flashes of insight that happen as part of the artistic process.