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“Selvedge” in Triskelion Festival…

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Kudos to Xan Burley, Leah Ives, Alex Springer and Ed Rice, who performed “Selvedge” last weekend at Triskelion Arts’ Collaborations in Dance Festival 2010!  I was so excited to be accepted into this festival…for  many reasons, including the chance to dip my toe back in after some intense months for our newly expanded family.  I can’t tell you how sweet it was to return to the studio with these artists to rework this piece!  And, thanks to Trisk’s request that I chop off 10 minutes, it was much improved.  Editing is so painful and requires much wisdom and courage…it was great to get another chance to hone “Selvedge”  into a tighter, more potent work.  We got great feedback from a packed house, and I thoroughly enjoyed witnessing Xan, Leah, Alex and Ed’s articulate and immersed performances.  Well done, all…

Tomorrow (maybe) shall be my dancing day…

Friday, December 18th, 2009

With two days to go before my due date, I thought I’d give those of you who missed the show in October a chance to see the solo I performed at 8 months with child.  Now that I’m SO encumbered, its fun to go back and remember a more lithe time in my recent history…though it didn’t feel so at the time.  Funny how 8 weeks can really change a body.  Anyway, enjoy!

J. David Dishman

J. David Dishman

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YouTube Video: Annunciation (excerpt)

Choreographed and Performed by Elizabeth Dishman

Text by Elizabeth, and the general populace (maybe even you!), read by Xan Burley

Music by J.S. Bach, performed by Justin Keller

Elizabeth assisted by Alex Springer and Edward Rice

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Selvedge

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Photos of Selvedge by the fabulous Denny Renshaw…

leah ives

leah ives


stephanie miracle and leah

stephanie miracle and leah

ed rice, xan burley, stephanie and alex springer

ed rice, xan burley, stephanie and alex springer

ed and xan

ed and xan

xan, leah and alex

xan, leah and alex

xan, leah and alex

xan, leah and alex

everyone...

everyone...

everyone...

everyone...

leah, ed and stephanie

leah, ed and stephanie

alex and xan (and leah...)

alex and xan (and leah...)

seam: check.

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Whew.  It’s been 41 days since seam‘s closing night at 100 Grand loft theater in SoHo, and I’m just now feeling able to process and enjoy the rich, satisfying, exhausting and thrilling experience of it all.  Other than a feverish bout with strep throat during shows 2 & 3, all went very, very well.  Thanks to everyone who came out, including my 99 year-old grandmother from CALIFORNIA!

With each production, I continue to ponder why we do what we do as creators and, more specifically, as self-producers.  It really can be a harrowing task, but somehow I keep going back.  A glutton for punishment??  Maybe.  Addicted to adrenalin?  Probably!

As to my vote for Element of Greatest Enjoyment, I’m torn between the months of building a work with gorgeous and creative dancers, and the few nights of interaction with open and resonant audiences.  I am always amazed and enlightened by what the audience brings to and draws from the work…it’s such a delight to talk with people after the show and hear their reflections, which teach me so much about making and sharing the art of dance.  This time around, the long creative journey contained much of that give and take as well, since I delved for the first time into a more intensive collaborative approach.  Heartfelt thanks goes out to the brilliant cast and contributors from my group work, Selvedge–Xan Burley, Leah Ives, Molly Knochel, Stephanie Miracle, Kaitlin Morse, Edward Rice and Alex Springer!!  And also to the other artists who contributed their dynamic and textured work to the show–alexanDance, Miriam Hess Crowell, Stephanie and Jimmy Miracle and lighting designer John Eckert.  I love this community…

To the finish line…

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

I can’t believe our newest show, seam, is in only three weeks!  For the next week I’ll feel elated as things really start coming together: the big group piece is finding itself (as yet untitled, but I’m considering some doozies…), my solo is gaining momentum and I’m psyched to start rehearsing with Justin on sax, and other elements like lighting and costumes will be settling in very soon.  But then I’ll face the final two weeks when my thoughts will turn from awed energy to frantic scrambling.  That’s when the myriad little (big) things I’ve forgotten about will begin rattling around in the subconscious file cabinet I keep in the back of my brain and I’ll remember all that stuff in one big tsunami of panic.  But, thankfully, there’s that heroic je ne sais quoi that pretty much always swoops in to save the day.  Maybe it’s the muse, God, the patron angel of impossible creative projects…you know who I mean.

A few of you have asked about the concert’s title.  We spent a lot of time trying to find a metaphor that would reflect something of each of the five different pieces on the show, and seam fit the bill.  So, by way of summary, here’s what the show’s about:

–noun

1. the line formed by sewing together pieces of cloth, leather, or the like.
2. the stitches used to make such a line.
3. any line formed by abutting edges.
4. any linear indentation or mark, as a wrinkle or scar.
5. Knitting. a line of stitches formed by purling.
6. Geology. a comparatively thin stratum; a bed, as of coal.
–verb (used with object)

7. to join with or as if with stitches; make the seam or seams of.
8. to furrow; mark with wrinkles, scars, etc.
9. Knitting. to knit with or in a seam.
–verb (used without object)

10. to become cracked, fissured, or furrowed.
11. Knitting. to make a line of stitches by purling.

See you in three weeks!!  Aaaaa!

Super Fun Show

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Photos from the Perichoresis show last weekend…

The lovely Kimi Nikaidoh in “dirt. air.”…

The lovely Kimi Nikaidoh

L-R Rachel, Leah, Autumn, Molly and Brittany in “Roux”…

L-R Rachel, Leah, Autumn, Molly and Brittany in "Roux"

Molly…
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Leah and Molly…
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Leah, Molly and Brittany…
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