Lucie Baker Dance
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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
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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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Okay, Everyone! It is about time for an update.
Here is what has been going down since the summer in depth.
Between spending time in California and Seattle I did indeed partake in a fabulous anatomy course called FAMI. I learned from amazing anatomists, surgeons, doctors and cadavers. My brain grew three sizes in that weekend alone. I highly recommend it for those with a curiosity for the body.
In the fall I traveled with Jane Comfort to perform Beauty at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and later worked on our new piece Altiplano at American Dance Institute in Maryland. I also had the wonderful opportunity to develop new work with Phantom Limb Company at the Robert Rauschenburg Estate on Captiva Island. So inspiring!
As the new year approached I had the pleasure to perform two short duets of my own. One with Dion Mucciacito at STUFFED at Judson Church and the other with Rowan Magee at Picasso Machinery. It was the cherry on top of a thrilling year.
January has rolled into February with its usual fervor, starting with APAP shows with Jane, a trip to Tampa to show Beauty in the middle and performances of Cindy Salgado's new work in the end. This week will see the premiere of Babar, a children's show choreographed by Jane Comfort and Co.
As the final snows of the season come down I relish the beauty and anticipate the revolution of spring. 2014 has a fair wind behind it!
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Too often I have performances or I am working on something mind-boggling or I am reading a great book and the whirl wind of life takes hold of me and I don't tell anyone.
I want to share with you the things I love and the only way to start is to start. Here we go.2013 has been spent doing a number of notable and surprising things including:
- Learning to operate marionettes while on stilts and making new work with Phantom Limb Company
- Performing like a Barbie and a bug for Jane Comfort
- Lifting ladies for Erica Essner
- Dancing in feathers and petticoats for Jordana Toback and the Dreamland Follies (See Above Photo)
- Coordinating the activities of Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects
- Teaching dance at Bronx International High School for ASTEP
- Pointing my toes and moving like a lion while teaching at the Chen Dance Center
Most recently, I performed two original duets. One with the fabulous Rowan Magee at Picasso Machinery (It involved a lamp and a hula) and the other with fantastic Dion Mucciacito at STUFFED at Judson Memorial Church (It was his dance debut!). Both were great fun to make and perform. I dream of following that inspiration down a rabbit hole in the future.
The thing I am most excited to share with you!!
Since my last birthday, May 20th, 2013, I have been improvising a dance and recording it on an iPhone every day. I post these dances to YouTube. The goal is to do this for an entire year. Now that I have past the half way mark, I feel brave enough to tell you that they exist.
There are no rules to the improv, only that I must do one once a day until my next birthday and present it to the world wide audience of the internet.
A few things I have learned:
- I almost always want to dance bigger than the frame
- My shoes, outfit, the flooring and how sturdy the architecture is drastically affects my movement.
- Usually, I am camera shy. I have to force my self to face it.
My goal is to keep my creative muscles toned with out the pressure of judgement or an end goal. It is an exploration for discovery's sake. Some are interesting. Some aren't. Some are funny. Most are odd. It is my gift to you, enjoy!
I will be winging westward to spend Christmas with my family in Seattle and anticipate the New Year with a fire in my heart. It is my wish that you all stay warm and well. I send you all my love.
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Since performing at the Joyce with Jane Comfort there have been many adventures. In February I performed Beauty and Underground River with Jane Comfort and Company at Swarthmore College and Washington University. If you are ever in St. Louis you must visit City Museum. It is just as exciting as going to the top of the Arch. Totally fun! March was spent rehearsing new pieces, teaching and learning to operate marionettes while on stilts with Phantom Limb Company. In April I traveled to Illinois and Arizona to perform in 69 Degrees South with them and it was a thrilling experience. May saw my 27th birthday and I had the pleasure of performing with Tiffany Mills Company at the new BAM Fisher Theater. There were many wonderful dancers involved with that process. I was also had the opportunity to perform the choreography of Jordana Toback with The Dreamland Follies. It was fun channeling my inner show girl; lots of sequins and feathers. I spent half of June rehearsing and wrapping up the teaching year and the other half soaking up the sun in California. The rest of the summer promises to be relaxed. I am looking forward to spending time in Seattle, taking an advanced anatomy course and dreaming about my future.
2012 ended strong despite ridiculous weather and Christmas music. Project RUIN was a screaming success. We had packed houses every night and excellent feedback from the audience. It was my crowning achievement. In the aftermath I have been working with Erica Essner and Jane Comfort and recently performed in their APAP showings. My next performances will be with Jane Comfort as a part of the Working Women showcase at the Joyce Theater. We will be showing 10 minutes of a new work in progress. See below for details.
Jan 30, Feb 1 and Feb 3
Wed 7:30pm; Fri 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Working Women, the spectacular one-night only concert from last summer's Gotham Dance Festival, returns to The Joyce for an expanded four-performance run that features pieces created by some of America's most intriguing and beloved female choreographers. Presented by Gotham Arts Exchange, the program features new works and audience favorites by Kate Weare (The Light Has Not The Arms to Carry Us); Camille A. Brown (solo from Mr. Tol E. Rance); Carolyn Dorfman (Keystone); Monica Bill Barnes (Luster); and a special performance of Janis Brenner's Contents May Have Shifted, performed by Holley Farmer. Also on tap--world premieres by Loni Landon, Jane Comfort, and Zoe Scofield (performed by BODYTRAFFIC).
Tickets start at $10!
(Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.)
Since my last post there have been many comings and goings. I performed an excerpt of Jane Comfort's Beauty at the Joyce and at Steel Stacks in June while squeezing in a trip to San Deigo and Seattle. In July I performed with Erica Essner on the lovely Inside/Out stage at Jacob's Pillow. Half of August was spent in Croatia and half gearing up for the premiere of Project RUIN which is quickly approaching. Most recently I performed with both Jane and Erica in the same night at Joe's Pub as a part of DanceNOW on September 7th.
Coming up you can see me dance with
Annika Sheaff at 7:30 on September 18th
Dixon Place 161A Chrystie St, New York
and, of course, my baby,
October 17th - 20th
Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11211
Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com
Seating is limited. For information regarding tickets call Center for Performance Research at 718.349.1210
Join us for a reception opening night. www.projectruin.com
One Set. One Cast. Two Choreographers. Two entirely different works.
Project RUIN: Reconstructing Collaboration.
I survived the first crazy months of 2012 and felt fulfilled by all the lovely work I was able to do. Recently, I performed a duet in progress at Triskelion's Rip Rap Series choreographed by Ching-i Chang. I continue to work on RUIN and with Erica Essner and Jane Comfort.
Here are a few shows coming up:
Erica Essner presents excerpts of Weathered at Underexposed: Dixon Place
Curated by Doug Post
April 10th, 7:30pm Tickets $12
161A Chrystie Street, NYC
For more info and tickets click here: http://www.dixonplace.org/html/dance_underexposed.html
Jane Comfort's Beauty and Underground River at La Mama
May 17 - 20
Ellen Stewart Theater, 66 East 4th St, 2nd Fl, NYC
For more info click here: http://lamama.org/dance-festival/jane-comfort-beauty/