Sometimes girls just wanna have fun, and come together to make something unplanned and unexpected. I have been fortunate to work with willing, trusting, fearless and creative people who are always up for a new challenge and a good time.
The photography featured here is by Leah Roth. Leah is a dear friend and ever-willing collaborator who is always up for a fun time with the dancers. Leah captures the inventiveness and spontaneity of the dancers and is truly an amazing artist. Thank you Leah!
I usually lead the creative (aka: run the asylum), offering guidance to draw the ideas to the forefront, telling a story or suggesting an image, informing the movement, affirming their decisions to touch, push, pull, move, connect, whatever comes up. Leah and I collaborate with ease and are always open to each other's suggestions.
Part of directing the shoots has been making sure nobody falls out of a tree or drowns or gets arrested. I've helped dancers change in my car, layered on bug spray, lifted them onto window sills, whatever it takes.
We usually emerge unscathed... the only tragic situation I can recall is when Christian's ass set off a tap at Ri"Ra Pub, causing beer to spill all over the floor for the duration of the shoot. Heartbreaking...
Sometimes this experience manifests in stage work, sometimes in visual pieces, sometimes it only survives in our imaginations. And great memories.