Archive for August, 2010

Back in February I created a little movement sketch (Writings on my Mind) based on a dream I had, which was spurred on by revolving thoughts over my viewing of an art installation (Writings on the Wall) created by my friend Megan Prince.

Megan and I then paired up with our friend Tom Eaton, an animator, to re-record the dance phrase in front of a green screen, in order to create a digital collaboration of visual & performance art. 

Well, after a  bit of trial & error, another video shoot, much hard work by Tom and many thanks to another friend, Ryan Simms, for helping to make this possible – I’m happy to now share with you Writings Converged.

dancing by Ellie Harrison, visual art by Megan Prince, digital compositing by Tom Eaton, videography by Ryan Simms at Radio Tag, choreography by Arron Masters

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I stand on the platform gazing intently down the empty track into the dark tunnel beyond, where the eventual light will give evidence of an approaching train…

I have no doubt a train will come…it may be two more minutes or two hours, but one will most definitely come…I believe it.

So why do I impatiently need to keep looking down that dark tunnel?  Why does my body seem to second-guess what my brain knows?  Why does looking seem to somehow keep anxiousness at bay…perhaps it gives my wait purpose?  or reminds me to hold onto -to remember  – believing?

I’ve lost four friends to tragic deaths during my years in New York City, one just this summer…so my thoughts turn to another – eternal – light I look for…the light of my true home, where my friends now reside. 

My method of looking for this light is also restless…my body often second-guessing what I know…but I know this light not only is coming, it has also already come…and I look for it to help me remember…to believe…

This movement sketch, danced by Ellie Harrison, was birthed from these thoughts.  I dedicate it to Julia & Audrey, Kimberly, Kirk and Beth.

I encourage you to take a moment to read some of my friend Julia’s blog – she is writing through her grieving – it’s beautiful and life-affirming.


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