|Archive: Mimi, me and Danny on a dance tour in Positano, Italy ! Good times.|
During our time together in Athens, Greece Mimi and I took the opportunity to visit all of the historic sites we could and walked until we dropped. Good times!
|Together at the Parthenon.|
In terms of work :) our performance venue in Athens was the world famous and overwhelmingly historic Herodes Atticus Odeon at the foot of the ancient Acropolis. This was the second time I had the profound privilege to perform there (Thank you Martha Graham). From its stage, the performer has a breathtaking view of the Parthenon lit up by golden light in the dark sky. The theater holds thousands upon thousands of audience members who must sit upon concrete benches with no back support in order to enjoy the performance. Even so, the Athens audience was lively, engaged and respectful. I danced “Errand” again that night with Ben Schultz and magically all of the elements came together. I still missed the sets of Graham’s Errand Into the Maze yet, somehow this ancient theater gave a mystical support to the dance that I had not experienced before. Although there were over 4,000 souls in the audience I felt that I was dancing for one. It may have been my most nuanced performance to date. Again, I am so grateful for that opportunity to be on the stage and live in the dance.
|2014...Dancers doing a barre onstage in a sliver of shade.|
|A grand view of the Herodes Atticus.|
|Ben Schultz and I rehearse Errand in the blazing sun.|
|From the performance. Photo by |
Our repertory for the show was the same as most every other venue with one BIG difference, we were joined by dancers from Athens performing Graham’s seminal group work Panorama. AMAZING!! Their director, my friend Penny Diamentapolous had worked these dancers to the point of perfection. The formations of the dance, sometimes linear, sometimes amorphous shone with a clarity I have rarely seen in this work. The dancers had fire in their eyes as they shot across the stage, contracted in mid-air and landed with the authority of Modern dance. Bravo to Penny and all of the dancers!!!!!!!
|The Athens dancers were perfection.|
|Hydran donkeys work hard.|
|Inspiring colors abounded.|
|I took a swim in the sea - loved it!|
|My mother is always chic/fabulous.|
Our performance was lovely as the Izmir audience welcomed us with warmth and enthusiasm. We were joined that evening by dancers from all over Turkey in Graham's Panorama staged once again by the dynamic Penny Diamentapolous. The Graham technique was new to these dancers and I was beyond impressed with their willingness to jump into the unknown. They made it work!!
|Bazaar shopping with the crewe.|
|Mimi and Lloyd shop for rugs after their 100th glass of Turkish tea.|
|Jellyfish in the harbor. Izmir, Turkey.|
|Beautiful fixture in the central Mosque.|
|Classic scene in Turkey - a doggie enjoying a free life. Beauty.|
|Last show - Rite of Spring. In true Graham fashion, dance yourself to death.|
This is the end. There is no finality - only to continue. Only to continue - one step at a time. Thank you for participating in my blog. Thank you to all of the dancers, presenters, directors, board members and audiences who made this blog possible. Thank you to my family and friends who encourage me to share my work and to continue it.
|Thanks to these kids and all of the dancers - kisses!|