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choreographed by: Kaita Lepore Mrazek and Tim Wood
music: Jamey Geston
visuals: Marco Pinter
"PUSH" Benefit for Girls Rock SB Marjorie Luke Theater, Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Join an immersive, outdoor video installation by environmental steward Lamara Heartwell at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Sponsored by CEC.
– Friday, April 13 and Saturday April 14, 2018, 8:00 – 10:30pm.
– Free and open to the public
ABOUT THE PROJECT
In anticipation of Earth Day, the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture will present a free to the public video installation designed for the classical arches and front edifice of the County Courthouse. At the center of the city of Santa Barbara, where Poseidon and Aphrodite are embedded in stone, Entangled Waters will visually reference Michelangelo’s The Flood panel in the Sistine Chapel. As lands and their stories wash away and oceans fill with plastic, oil spills and fracking chemicals, the installation evokes a tangled web of humanity, sea life and pollutants.
With environmental steward Lamara Heartwell as executive producer, Entangled Waters features the concepts and choreography of director Robin Bisio. Installation artist Ethan Turpin is the project’s producer as well as cinematographer and editor. Underwater performances are by dancers Heartwell, Turpin, Kaita Mrazek, Erick Alvarez and Kweisi Petillo. Costume design is by Anaya Cullen, lighting and camera support by Carter Sisney with installation assistance by The Environment Makers. The immersive underwater installation will be accompanied by a haunting score for bass, saw and voice performed live by Jim Connolly.
Robin Elander, email@example.com
Before you roll your eyes, let me explain. I am three months postpartum. My husband has seen me become a sea lion with child, a warrior in childbirth, and finally, a nearly identical looking, but very different version of the wife he once knew.
One of the great perks occurring in my body after having a baby has been massive amounts of hair loss. Some people say this is just shedding the excess hair you gained when, thanks to hormones, you supposedly had fabulous hair in pregnancy. From the look of my hair loss, I am guessing I shed any "excess" hair long ago, and this is a clear path to eventual baldness. No joke, each time I shampoo my hair I am left with the equivalent of a small animal in my hands. Out of sick curiosity, and a fascination with my own unraveling, I have taken to plastering the shower wall with all of the hair I lose in a single shower. I call it art. More recently, I have decided to let all of the hair I lose collect in the bathroom, just to see how far I can go with it. Mind you, we have only one bathroom, and it is not large. When I announced my plan to my husband, he was unfazed.
"Are you collecting hair from the rest of the apartment, or is it limited to the bathroom?" he asks me. "Just the bathroom," I say, wanting to appear methodical about the ordeal. He nods.
This morning, when I went into the bathroom, to my great delight and like a shining jewel, I discovered a massive hairball placed carefully on the countertop. He never asked me why, he never scoffed at my plan, and amazingly, he didn't even show disgust! Instead, he supported me. I felt acknowledged, as if he accepted my needs without questioning me and my motives for collecting my falling hair.
I love my husband because he collects my hairballs…and he doesn't judge me for it.
On Thursday, November 20, nine months pregnant, I taught my final Sweet and Steady Yoga class of the year. My ego patted itself on the back as I took crow pose, and my emerging identity as a mother smiled during meditation as I felt the kicks of my unborn child in my belly. Four days later, Ruby was born. Practicing throughout my pregnancy taught me a lot about stepping onto my mat in the present moment, accepting my changing abilities each day, and watching my mind spin stories about my future. I valued those lessons, but practicing after my pregnancy has been a whole new experience. My deflated belly, previously a warm home for Ruby, once again allows room for a forward fold. The healing muscles of my pelvic floor remind me when I am truly using mula bandha. But more than the physical changes, the practice of relating to my growing baby girl has been the source of deep transformation. No two moments are the same with her. I must remind myself not to hold her too tightly, to allow room for her to have her own experiences as she acclimates to her body and this world. I watch in awe as her experiences unfold in each moment. I am entranced by the wonder in her eyes when she discovers her right arm or the joy she derives from the sound of her own voice. As she wiggles and farts and spits and squeals, I am aware that I love her unconditionally for being completely herself, still mostly free from the binds of self-consciousness. I hope that some part of her already understands that I will always love her for all of these things and none of these things. Even when on the surface things don't seem perfect--when I am sleep deprived and comforting her at 3am or when she has had a poopsplosion--I still find myself savoring the moment. There is room for all of it, the good, the "bad," the goofy, the sad. We can work and we can play, and through it all, we can love our whole selves unconditionally. I am reminded to love myself as I love this child.
Join me on Thursdays from 9:00-10:20am at Yoga Soup for a little Sweet and Steady. We will use asana to celebrate the miracle of our lives in our moving bodies, and then we will sit together quietly, attentive and compassionate with our whole selves, not just the good parts.
I was honored to do a photoshoot with Drishti of Santa Barbara at 34 weeks preggo. Today I reached 38 weeks, and soft and comfy is the only type of clothing I will wear!
Pulled from the Drishti Blog:
Thank you, Weslie Ching, for conceiving of this very cool event. I am honored to contribute my recent multimedia collaboration with Shannon Willis.
Mark your calendars and come to the show!
Movement Research: Breaking the Rules of Time
Sunday, September 13
Santa Barbara Dance Arts
"The ultimate purpose in teaching others to dance is to provide them with the means for opening the doorways of their own creativity, to liberate them so they are enabled to use the materials of dance to reveal the uniqueness of their individual natures." --Aileene S. Lockhart, Modern Dance
OSMR (Open Source Movement-Research) is presenting the first of a series of three movement workshops exploring time, space, and energy.
September's workshop explore choreographic use of time -- looking at non-linearity, discontinuity, and various ways we can play with and disrupt the rules of time.
Led by Kaita Mrazek, Tim Wood, and Marco Pinter
Registration information and more details coming soon!
I recently applied to participate in a dance workshop in Canada. As part of the application I created a reel of highlights of my performance and choreography. Sadly, I was not chosen for the workshop (rejection is hard!) but I was left with this great retrospective of past projects.
Sometimes I feel like I'm not doing or creating anything beautiful or important in this world, but having this reel is a reminder of the things I've done. These projects would not be so stunning if it hadn't been for the vision and skill of my collaborators. If there is one thing I have realized about myself as an artist, it is that I am not an island! My art is truly made richer by those I have had the privilege of exploring with, and for that I am truly grateful.
Pilates for Yoga
Taught by Kaita Mrazek and Justine Malick
Saturday January 17th
1:30 - 4 PM
How are Yoga and Pilates different?
How do they support one another?
Go beyond just "finding your core." Connect with your body in a way that enables you to efficiently flow through a series of exercises with precision and harmony. Strengthen the neural pathways to muscles you've never used before, developing healthier movement patterns that will directly effect how you move through your daily life.
Be challenged and motivated to progress, to truly feel the beautiful changes happening in your body. Strengthen, rehabilitate, revitalize or nourish...make the practice your own...
Sign up now at Yoga Soup
"Pilates, that's just like Yoga, right?"
It's a comment I have heard often when I mention what I do for a living.
Well, yes and no. There are ways in which Pilates and Yoga are similar, but there are also ways in which they are different, and quite complementary. In this workshop, Justine Malick and I will look at some shapes commonly expressed in a Yoga practice, and present Pilates exercises which can support these shapes. It's a great opportunity to deepen your Yoga practice, and get a taste of the Pilates Method!
Pilates For Yoga
Saturday, January 17, 2015