Saturday, December 16, 2006

Great Artists Steal, Right?

Whoo!! Just finished our run of "Much Ado", to my satisfaction and a very, very happy cast. I'll post more about the whole schebang after I've gotten some sleep, but I wanted to share this little bit with y'all right away. I placed this dance at Hero's "funeral". The techie who filmed for me went a little pan-happy, but I hope the intended effect is still there.

You were all with me in spirit for this bit.

Okay, dinner and bed now - I'm hitting my post-show crash.


At 8:59 AM, Blogger Ariana said...

I just got goosebumps watching this, then I became very homesick for all of you. Congratulations! It looks like your play was wonderful.

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Christine said...


Well done. I'm teaching this dance next week in my Jr. Ensemble movement class. The senior ensemble has a Winter Solstice sharing (performance) next week so in my freshman class we hit Solstice and humanity's need to create holidays both political and natural. I'm looking forward to introducing this as a new winter ritual to compliment the discussion. What memories. Thank you for sharing and passing this on to your students. I hope they responded to this work. How could they not? I'm with Ariana. Goose bumps.

Happy Solstice!

Here's a quote and a poem we include in our Solstice playbill.

The days were growing shorter, the light was quickly falling, and towards the end of each afternoon the heart became uneasy. A primitive terror seized us - that of our ancestors who during the winter months watched the sun go out a little earlier each day. "Tomorrow it will go out forever," they must have thought in despair, and spent the entire night on the heights in fear and trembling.

Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

Smoke Signals
by William Stafford

There are people on a parallel way. We do not
see them often, or even think of them often,
but it is precious to us that they are sharing
the world. Something about how they have accepted
their lives, or how the sunlight happens to them,
helps us to hold the strange, enigmatic days
in line for our own living. It is important
that these people know this recognition, but
it is also important that no purpose or obligation
related to this to be intruded into their lives.
This… is for anyone, but especially
for those on that parallel way: here is a smoke
signal, unmistakable but unobtrusive - we are
following what comes, going through the world,
knowing each other, building our little fires.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Shakespeare Teacher said...

Beautiful...teary eyed, I concur with Ariana. This made me homesick for us. Thank you!

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Emily said...

I especially like the use of candles.


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