Lucie Baker Dance
The earth has tilted into winter since last we spoke. The turning tides of time have washed up many new revelations, gifts, challenges, and adventures. In the light of this new year I am now traveling the path of the student in earnest.
I spent the last three months undergoing intensive expressive arts therapy training in the woods of Marin County, California at the Tamalpa Institute. I learned about how our bodies communicate with us, how our emotional material becomes integrated into our physicality and how the stories we tell ourselves about our bodies affect our lives and relationships. I look forward to returning to the training in the spring. During the break I am teaching at The Bush School in Seattle. I continue to digest everything I learned in the past three months and see ways that I can apply it to my daily decisions.
The big news is that, come June, I will be a graduate student at the University of Washington earning my Masters in Fine Arts in Dance.
It is an honor to be invited to this program. I look forward to two years of learning and enriched artistry amongst an inspiring community. In deference to the new year I'd like to take a moment to thank all of you for being on my team. I give thanks to Jane Comfort, Tamar Rogoff and Mauricio Salgado for writing me fabulous recommendation letters for grad. school, to my dear friends who've aided me with their editing eye on all that I write and make, to my Tamalpa cohort for being so inspiringly supportive, to my teachers from all over the world, to my family and to all those reading. Thank you for supporting me. It is a privilege to share this planet with you and I look forward to furthering creativity, courage and peace with you. Here's to you and here's to deepening our communities where ever we are.
With love, I am...
To check out my full eblast click here!
I imagine you are currently sipping a refreshing lemonade in the shade of an old and resilient tree while perusing the highlights of the internet. It is my pleasure to inform you of a few new tacks and jibs I am taking in the coming months.
I will be performing, traveling and, most notably, studying at Anna Halprin's Tamalpa Institute. Tamalpa is a world renowned leader in the field of expressive arts therapy and I will take part in their personal embodiment training. Some of you may remember that I took class with Anna when visiting the San Francisco area a few years ago. She is the most inspiring 95 year old dancer I know.
I will be in Marin, CA from September 12th through December 18th.
- Performing in Tectonic Marrow Society's Iota, August 26th and 27th at Velocity Dance Center. Consider supporting this production by donating to their fundraising campaign here.
- I danced reprisals of Groundworks Dance Theater's Carmina Burana in the Cleveland area August 5th, 6th and 12th.
- Visiting New York September 3rd - 10th.
- Videos of my works Ruin and Restless Night are now available for viewing on my vimeo channel!
I am looking forward to these adventures.
I am looking forward to being in touch with all of you.
I am looking forward to having the opportunity to evaluate my relationship to dance and how it manifests in my daily life. I anticipate my experience at Tamalpa will be revolutionary. Here's to new horizons.
I wish you all the best in these dog days of summer.
P.S. A link to the eblast is below!
Sweet Cherry Pie,
It is my dearest hope that you are throughly enjoying this swiftly metamorphosing spring and are sharpening your marshmallow sticks for a sticky summer. Every May brings my birthday and there is much to celebrate. A few things are happening that you might want to be aware of.
- Croatian folk dances with Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble May 28th at 5 and 7:30 as a part of the Northwest Folklife Festival
- A new work by Wade Madsen performed as a part of the Seattle International Dance Festival June 23rd and 24th
- Reprises of Groundworks Dance Theater's Carmina Burana in the Cleveland area July 15th, 16th and 17th and August 5th, 6th and 12th
- The final open Ballet classes at Velocity Dance Center are happening on Wednesdays from 5 - 6:20 until June 29th. Get your kicks in while you can!
- I will be subbing Contemporary classes for Kate Wallich at Velocity on Thursday June 16th and 23rd at 9:30am.
It's all very exciting. I hope you can make it to one of these diverse shows and classes. And with that, I leave you to whatever else it was you were doing on the internet.
With a skip, a jump and a butterfly kiss,
Hello my darlings,
I hope this redesign is tickling your fancy!
Next on the docket is performing Beauty with Jane Comfort and Company at the University of Washington April 7th, 8th and 9th.
Then it's on to Cleveland and Groundworks Dance Theater for a new Carmina Burana May 7th.
A lot has occurred in the last several months. Consider joining my mailing list for the most up to date info: HERE
To read previous emails check these links: Opera Invite, Ask Letter, Spring Etc
Recently, I performed with Coleman Pester and Ethan Folk in PYLON I and they have released a lovely little video documenting the experience. It was a BLAST.
A few fun things you might want to know:
1. I will be visiting New York from September 1st to the 5th. I'd love to see you.
2. At the invitation of Amy O'Neal, I will be teaching open master classes at Velocity Dance Center Sundays in September. Details: Intermediate Contemporary Dance Class September 6th, 13th and 20th at Velocity Dance Center: 1621 12th Ave Seattle Wa., 12 - 1:45, $15 Drop In. Come bust a move!
3. I will be performing an original work as a part of Velocity's Big Bang event on
September 27th. Click here for information.
4. I am excited to be performing in Seattle Opera's The Pearl Fishers in October. Check it!
Check out my fall newsletter here!
Check out my latest eblast. All the Lucie news you need! Link below.
Here is the text:
This message is coming to you through the reaches of space but has been sent from the Pacific coast of California where I am spending some quality time. The past few months have swum right on by. Spring was absolutely inspirational with its new growth and the first few steps of summer have been action packed. A short list of things I have had the privilege of experiencing and some future plans are below.
Here is what I've been up to since February:
The second part of my summer promises to be much less air born. I intend to use the time to reflect and reorient. It has been a year since I ventured forth into the world beyond New York and I have learned much. Most importantly, I want to be meaningfully connected to the people I love the most, you. If you feel the desire to talk, dance, play, work, laugh or cry with me, please do so.
With love abounding,
See the text from my last eblast sent in February below!
or click here to see the full message.
2015 is well on its way!
Since my last dispatch in May I presented my work in progress Restless Night, I moved out of New York City and relocated to my home town of Seattle, Washington. I am very happy to be back in the land of trees and mountains but harbor a deep and abiding reverence for all the incredible people and experiences I had in the last ten years in NYC.
I took the opportunity after moving to travel. I've experienced many changes, countries, languages and feelings in the last 8 months. It has been great fun and a great challenge.
Here is a list of places I've been and some highlights since June:
Plovdiv, Bulgaria : Layers at Black Box International Dance and Theater Festival
New York City, NY : Recitals at Chen Dance Center
Seattle, Wa : Classes and workshops at Velocity Dance Center
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho : Lady of the Lake Dance and Music Camp
Nashville, TN : Phantom Limb Creative Residency at OZ
Vienna, Austria : Impulstanz!
Roma, Italy : Eating all the gelato, seeing all the sights
Brussels, Belgium : Improv workshop with David Zambrano
Bergen, Norway : Frolicking on Mt. Floyen
Goteborg, Sweden : The dancers of Gotesborg Danskompani
Wuppertal, Germany : Tanztheater Wuppertal's Sweet Mambo
Vancouver BC, Canada : Visiting Kidd Pivot rehearsals
Los Angeles, CA : Halloween!
Hawai'i, HI : Seeing whales, swimming with turtles, chasing geckos.
Needless to say this journeying has taught me many things. Some old lessons were hammered home including, introduce yourself to everyone, ask every question, and don't put anything off because you might not pass this way again.
As we hurtle through 2015 I wish you great energy. May the rest of the year bring you joy and purpose. Tally - ho!
I hope to see you at any and all of these upcoming events:
May 20th 8:30pm
Lunasa Pub: 126 1st Ave btw 7th and St Marks
Bar, Backyard, Board games! and the end of my year long Improv Project!
Restless Night - A Work in Progress by Lucie Baker
May 24th, 2014 6:30pm
Gibney Dance Center - 890 Broadway, 5th fl. Studio 1
Seating limited. Donation suggested.
May 25th 12 - 4
I've got stuff. You want stuff!
My House! Email me for directions!
Dance Intersection with Erica Essner Performance Co-op
May 30th 7:30pm
Brooklyn Zen Center: 505 Carroll St #2
Last chance to see me perform in NYC for awhile....Get there!
There is so much happening this month I am overwhelmed.
First off I will be teaching a movement workshop at Gibney Dance Center 280 Broadway (the former DNA) on Thursday May 15th at 10am. It will be an hour long physical warm up to get you started for the day and then an hour of investigating the improv ideas that I have discovered with my performers in the creation of Restless Night. It is open to dancers and non-dancers so if you were looking for a place to get your groove on and work your brain this is it. I suggest a donation of $20. It is a fundraiser for my current work.
May 20th is my birthday and I have not yet decided how to spend it. It will be racuous and at 8:30pm that evening somewhere in New York City. Stay tuned and in touch.
My next event is a showing of my work in progress, Restless Night, on May 24th at Gibney Dance Center 890 Broadway (the Union Square location) at 6:30pm. It is a studio showing and has limited seating so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to attend. Restless Night is an exploration of the way the subconscious life manifests in our everyday relationships. I have been working with the amazing performers Rowan Magee, Erica Newhouse and Leah Walsh. It has been a joy and a pleasure to share the space with them.
The following day, May 25th, I will be hosting a Moving Sale. That's right, folks, I'm moving. I am cutting my tethers and launching myself into the unknown. First, I will head to Seattle to regroup and then to Europe to explore and seek employment. However, before that can happen, I need to empty my apartment of all its contents. Please help me do this by coming over that Sunday and haggling with me for lamps, furniture and other sundries. Doors open at Noon. Get there!
On May 30th I will be performing my last show in New York City (for the foreseeable future) at 8:30pm at the Brooklyn Zen Center with the lovely ladies of Erica Essner Performance Coop. It will be a bit of a test run of the piece that we are premiering in Bulgaria the following week. It is athletic, delicate and involves a lot of lifting; worth a gander.
Overall, it is a jam pack month and I would really love to see all my friends at all these events. Join me! The party is now!
Restless Night - Movement Workshop
Thursday May 15th, 10am - 12pm
Gibney Dance Center - 280 Broadway, Studio C2
Suggested donation $20. Open to all.
May 20th, 8:30pm
Restless Night - Work in Progress Showing
May 24th 6:30pm
Gibney Dance Center - 890 Broadway, 5th Fl. Studio 1
Seating Limited. Donation Suggested.
RSVP to email@example.com by May 22nd
May 25th Noon
Email for address
Erica Essner Performance Coop - Dance Intersection
Friday May 30th 8:30 pm
Brooklyn Zen Center
505 Carroll Street #2
Free. RSVP via Facebook link below
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