Cuicacalli, experimenting in the studio, in sepia (:-) November 2013
Below is some media from Cuicacalli’s rehearsal this past weekend. We worked on a trio, a phrase that Jesus created, and some solos, all centered around migration and immigration: two themes our piece this season will touch on.
I feel lucky to get to work on choreography in the studio without a performance looming: it gives us the chance to experiment, to play, and to create a space for movement to emerge — instead of forcing or muscling it into being.
Thanks all, for a lovely rehearsal!
Working On A Solo:
Our Mission: No Eviction!
Today Cuicacalli took a break from rehearsals at Brava to participate in the Our Mission: No Eviction! rally on the corner 24th & York. As rents continue to rise and the Mission becomes more and more gentrified, many of it’s residents are being evicted. This is having an impact on the families of Cesar Chavez Elementary students as well as local artists that call the Brava Theatre home.
Mini Dance - Chicago O’Hare
On July 19th, my flight from SFO to Zurich was diverted. It landed in Chicago O’Hare at 4:00am. With an unexpected and considerable amount of time on my hands at O’Hare, I decided to dance :)
Dancing in Tracy
I am no stranger to the stretch of Interstate 5 that runs through the Central Valley. I make the drive from San Francisco to San Diego and back bi-annually and often choreograph in the car. Sometimes I take stretch breaks and try my ideas out along the side of the road. This particular mini-dance took places on July 15th shortly before dusk, just outside of Tracy.
It’s Luna’s grant writing season and they asked a few dance teaching artists who also have lives as professional dancers to share some media about their work. I’m working on a blog about my performative life at the moment and so this served as a great way for m to take stock of my solo performance work from back in day in San Diego, and the company work I’ve recently begun with Cuicacalli here in San Francisco.
Below is the media that I sent them.
I have a blog for all my performance work (Jakey The Performative) that I’m in the process of creating right now, and here is my dance theatre CV. My personal website serves as a hub for blogs and undertakings of all kinds - pedagogical and performative.
Let me know if you need anything else.
"When I started teaching dance at the K-5 level, I realized that I had been trained as a teacher, and as a dancer, but not as a dance teacher. I was drawing from pedagogy learned through the lens of other subjects, as well as my personal knowledge and experience of dance, but I felt like I had no real subject-specific methods to apply. All I could do was try to emulate my best dance education experiences, steer clear of what I’d experienced that didn’t seem to work, and tweak as I went along. This is one of the reasons I was so thankful for the LDSI experience; it felt like the training I would and should be getting if pursuing a dance teaching credential was possible.” (Voice Recording)
"The most substantial support I’ve received was through my Luna coach and LDSI. It was my first and only experience with dance specific pedagogy and being part of a community that understood all of the things I was experiencing as an itinerant dance teaching artist. It’s been and continues to be invaluable.” (Voice Recording)
Awesome video of All School Dance @ Longfellow:
•Longfellow: On The Floor @ Jump Rope for Heart (AWESOME Ground Level Footage!)
Media Collected for Luna for the Profile:
•Photos of me dancing with my Students
•Videos of me dancing with my Students
Cuicacalli Dance Company:
•Ballet Floklorico de Stanford Concierto De La Primavera (Performance Footage)
•Cuicacalli Dance Company: Raices Sin Limites (videos) (1 & 2 are the most fun!)
•Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances (Video)
Solo Work Footage:
•Credo Pentimento Revisted (part 1)
•Credo Pentimento Revisted (part 2)
•Conversations With A Poet
•Conversations With A Poet (Text)
Old Video Projects from Grad School:
•Memoirs of a Year Student Teaching - Jakey Toor
Love Everywhere - SF City Hall, February 2010.
This was the first production that I took part in as a San Franciscan, more than THREE years ago!! I was part of the ensemble.
It holds a very special place in my heart. And what better day to post it!? Congratulations world! And thank you Erika!
Our piece, was in larger part, inspired by the tremendous work of Reverend Cecil Williams at Glide Memorial Church.
“Justice overpowers evil if you pursue it with love. Evil is to treat any human being as ‘less than’ fully human. Love says every human being is beloved and accepted for who they are.”
— Reverend Cecil Williams
29th Annual Concierto de la Primavera 2013 - Cuicacalli Dance Company
Footage from our performance at Stanford on Saturday.
Today is Cinco de Mayo. You can find information about a full day of festivities at Dolores Park here. Precita Eyes, Loco Bloco, Epiphany Productions andÂ Cuicacalli Dance Company will present Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances today. The event features guided walking tours of five mural sites along lower 24th Street, with live dance performances at the sites. Tours depart from the Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., starting at 11:30 a.m.