Why America Needs Streb, But Got Diavolo

Why America Needs Streb, But Got Diavolo With the recent rise of the dance theatre company Diavolo to popular attention through the hit television show “America’s Got Talent” I can’t help find myself agonizing over how unfortunately similar (and different) they seem to what – for my money – is a company with a far better aesthetic… the Streb Extreme Action Company. Diavolo and STREB, … Continue reading Why America Needs Streb, But Got Diavolo

Commentary on the Yoga Sutras – 1:2 “Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.”

Yoga — yes, that bendy Indian exercise regimen — is about much more than looking good in your Lululemon yoga pants, touching your toes, or even getting up into a handstand. That may take some people by surprise, but its critical for elevating the fitness craze taking the western world by storm into anything more than Crossfit for hippies. It’s benefits don’t just end with your body, but are actually primarily directed towards your mind, spirit and soul. Continue reading Commentary on the Yoga Sutras – 1:2 “Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.”

US Butoh Training Opportunities – Winter 2017

Here’s a list of butoh training opportunities in the United States this winter, December 21, 2016 – March 19, 2017. New York City 1/20 – 1/21: Ren Gyo Soh Winter Workshop, The Ume Group School of Physical Theatre 1/29: Hijikata Anniversary Butoh Class with Margherita Tisato, NY Butoh Institute 2/11 – 2/18: Butoh & Movement for Physical Theatre, The Ume Group School of Physical Theatre 2/23 – … Continue reading US Butoh Training Opportunities – Winter 2017

What the Washington Post SHOULD Have Said About Trump’s Hamilton Tweets

In an article published on Saturday, November 19, 2016 entitled “Why Trump gets theatre completely and utterly wrong” Washington Post theatre critic Peter Marks said that ““Safe” theater is dead theater.” While this may or may not be true from the esoteric standpoint of people within the theatre community (good theatre is thought-provoking, risky, and not necessarily “safe” by political standards) saying so does not help promote the value and potential of theatre to a non-theatre going audience. CLICK TO READ MORE. Continue reading What the Washington Post SHOULD Have Said About Trump’s Hamilton Tweets

Ahimsa in the Echo Chamber: How We’re Hurting Ourselves on Social Media

Many people are still unaware that certain social media sites, like Facebook use a complicated computer algorithm to control what appears in your news feed or home page. Basically, you see more of what you’re expected to like and less of what you aren’t. This is designed to encourage you to engage with and continue spending time on their platform and has obvious advantages for them. The more time you spend on their site or app, the more impressions their advertiser’s ads get and the more money the company makes. However, one of the most interesting and unanticipated effects these algorithms have had is what some are calling the “echo chamber.” Continue reading Ahimsa in the Echo Chamber: How We’re Hurting Ourselves on Social Media

Ayurvedic Cleansing for Butoh Dance

Butoh is a creative philosophy and post-modern dance style originating from post-WWII Japan. Many approaches to butoh dance involve the embodiment & channeling of spirits; spirits of the living, of the dead, spirits of animals, plants, people, events. Ayurveda, the “science of life”, is an ancient & contemporary medicinal science developed in India. Chief among its interests are the digestive system as it relates to the overall health of every day people. Ayurvedic cleanses can therefore be very useful in opening the pathways of the body for qualia (life signals necessary for butoh dance) to flow. Continue reading Ayurvedic Cleansing for Butoh Dance