Wednesday, December 28, 2011

things done recently

Shan and I posted a video of a duet that we're making for two of our brilliant dancers, Josi and Kelvin. We film just about everything that we come up with in rehearsals because our memories are never as good as the camera's. Mostly, we've been using the clips to retrieve forgotten choreography and inflicting them on friends who are kind enough to give feedback on half-formed ideas, but we're so giddy with excitement for this project and our dancers that we couldn't resist putting up something to share.

I reviewed a wonderful new(ish) YA novel, The Freedom Maze, for Fantasy Matters here...

And interviewed the author, Delia Sherman, here.

I put on my opinionated bookstore girl hat and contributed a "best of year" list for the Kepler's blog. I have a terrible memory for time when it comes to reading. Books blur together and go from unread to read, and the distinction of when, exactly, I've read something is only a rare landmark on the experience. This kind of list is always haphazard for me, though I cheerfully limited myself to books that came out this year (except for Holly Black's White Cat) to make the job (slightly) more manageable.

We performed Liss Fain's "The False and True Are One" at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in November. They filmed one of the performances and have put up a brief edit of different clips. The camera people were literally in our faces for this--they darted around the space and would periodically shock you by appearing right at the edge of the dance floor when you turned around--so the footage actually gives an excellent approximation of the way the piece looks as an installation.

Liss Fain - "The False and the True are One" from Liss Fain Dance on Vimeo.


Ali Trotta said...


Both of those clips are gorgeous. So full of grace -- very lovely. Thanks for sharing those.

Also, I recently finished reading WHITE CAT and loved it. RED CAT will be acquired shortly. *mwahaha*

Megan Kurashige said...

Isn't White Cat SO MUCH FUN? I can't wait for the last one to come out.

And, thanks for the kind words about the dancing clips... We try our best to be graceful. ;-)