Thursday, January 20, 2011

In process: Remounting work by Trish Armstrong (Post 1 - Sarah Lochhead)

Today was a what Oprah would call a "full circle moment"  - learning Trish Armstrong infamous solo Crazy.

I feel like this solo has been part of my life for over a decade. When I was in my second year of high school, one of my friends, who learned  Crazy  from Trish while at York, taught me parts of this solo for fun one afternoon. I remember enjoying the music so much that I went the library (no iTunes back then) and took out some more music by Patsy Cline.

In my last year of high school, I went to visit York University for an open house and saw a performance by the York Dance Ensemble.  One of the pieces performed was Crazy. It was an inspiring performance that led me to apply and attend York for Dance.

Trish and I only officially met last spring - but it feels like I have known her all my life. She was, of course, a member of Dance Grossman Dance Company who I had seen perform via video recordings.  (Grossman's work Endangered Species was one of the first modern dance pieces I ever saw)

Her passion an depth of knowledge about dance is astounding. It is an honour to have this opportunity to soak in all that she is sharing.

Although Andrea and I managed to learn the basic structure of the piece today, there is so much more to explore.  The quick transitions from fluid movement to percussive gesture is going to be the biggest challenge for me - unless of course Trish decides I should sing while I dance it!

After all, it is my go to karaoke song.


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