Grief, joy, and motherhood

I think of the familiar image of an older mother warning younger mothers to “Enjoy this time now! It goes by too fast!” And I realize that all mothers carry a bit of grief in their hearts wherever they go, because motherhood is tied to change, and it’s change that takes place in the living blueprint of our souls: our children.

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Questions

I'm curious about the role live performance plays in our digital culture.  We process so much in such short spans of time, that it surely translates into a different experience with live art.  I don't think this is good or bad, but I do think it's important to acknowledge it.  And to work with the conditions in which we currently live to try and effectively share information and ideas with an audience.

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First Rehearsal

I am thinking about lines: assembly lines, color lines and red lines, partitioning, zoning, segregation.  I had the dancers spend three minutes with a clip from "Master Hands" (a 1936 documentary filmed in the Chevrolet plants in Flint, just a few months before the Sitdown Strike). 

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The American Dream Part III: Empathy

All of the people we met with this week spoke of the importance of empowerment in individuals; change starts with a single person, one idea or action.   And this must come from looking beyond the self; recognizing other human lives as complicated and important; placing value on a human life over “right and wrong,” or a simplified definition of humanity.  Human lives are not currency.  Every person has a story as valid and meaningful as that of anyone else.

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