Archive for June, 2011

Artown Opens with Celebration Extravaganza

Just some of the activities slated for this month:

Opening Day Parade with MarchFourth Marching Band, 7PM
Everyone’s invited to join in the parade from McKinley Arts and Culture Center to Wingfield Park with mobile big band spectacular MarchFourth Marching Band. If you can’t march in a wacky parade during Artown, when can you? MarchFourth comes complete with stilt walkers, hula-hoopers and a full brass section and drum corp, so be sure to give them right of way as they head in to Wingfield Park for the show.

Opening Night with Perla Batalla, 7:30PM, Wingfield Park
Be sure to get to Wingfield Park on time to catch Grammy-nominated Mexican-American singer/songwriter Perla Batalla. She’ll perform shortly after MarchFourth Marching band completes their set with contagious rhythms spreading pure joy and a unique and worldly style influenced by her Latin roots.

After Opening Night with MarchFourth Marching Band, 10PM, Knitting Factory
If you’re still up for more be sure to head over to the Knitting Factory for more MarchFourth Marching Band and their lively blend of music, dance and burlesque, marching band-style fun. Parade from Wingfield Park to the Knit with the band, or meet them there. No tickets required.

Opening Day Extravaganza sponsored by City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, Reno Tahoe USA, Friends of Artown and Official host hotel John Ascuaga’s Nugget.

🙂 :: Reno is Artown

Now That’s A Look!

FANA TESFAGIORGIS backstage before Splendid Isolation II. Photo by ELIZABETH WASHINGTON.

Splendid indeed.

🙂 :: Alvin Ailey II Dancer’s Diary: Fana Tesfagiogis

New York Passes Marriage Equality!

Vote Passes 33 – 29. The city where I grew up makes me PROUD! Marks the 6th state where it is now legal for same-gendered folk to marry. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen.

🙂 :: UPDATE: Story behind the vote: NYTimes

Jill Scott & George Benson- “Summertime”

Happy Summer Solstice!

Shazalakazoo – Sunny Side Of The Street (feat. Sofija Knežević) by SHAZALAKAZOO

It’s also Queer Pride Week, and Artown is fast approaching. Finally warmth!


We did it! This evening we finished writing new choreography to Amon Tobin’s glorious remix of Omar Faruk Tekbilek’s Aksak in preps for July. What a great feeling of satisfaction.

Now That’s A Look!

Always the casual look when smoking a pipe.

Finger-Tutting: Unleash Your Fingers

Thru Jerusalem

Thru Jerusalem, posted with vodpod

Unmata in Reno!

Amy’s coming to Town! With UNMATA! Brining her very special brand of precision and style! Not only will we be honored to have them perform for us during Compression!, but we will also be graced with the opportunity of two workshops to sink our collective teefs into.

Head over to the Melting Pot, or visit to register!!

UPDATE: I found the Press Release with deets:

Tough Love Bellydance. Two workshops with Amy Sigil and troupe, Unmata.
Sunday July 24, 2011 “All Work and No Play”12:30 to 2PM and
“Sigil School” 3PM to 4:30PM
Achieve Fitness 600 S. Center Street # 300 Reno, NV 89501
Contact: Holly/ Asha World Dancers 775-848-7203,
Event Website Address:
Ticketed $44 per class, $75 for both. Register online at

Innovative choreographer will share her skills of Tough Love Bellydance, Hula and Hip Hop styles.
WORKSHOP #1: “ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES FOR A BORING DANCE CLASS” will introduce you to 5 dance and movement games designed to get you out of your box and possibly into someone else’s!
Learn about choreography and dance vocabulary such as : transitions, drills, counts, tempo, craft, and working backwards. See Amy and Unmata perform the day before at Compression Art & Fire on 7/23/11. ;

Amy Sigil and her troupe, Unmata, are described as “Bellydance Gone Strong”
Teaching and performing at events across the country and around the globe, tribal fusion power house Unmata’s high- energy brand of dance has packed the house and electrified audiences at venues of all sizes. Whether using fire, swords, or the sweat of their own bodies, Unmata always satisfies. Amy is the artistic director of Unmata, Verbatim, Blood Moon Regale and Sacramento’s Hot Pot Studios.
Tough Love Belly Dance Workshops with Amy Sigil and troupe, Unmata, is part of the 16th annual Artown festival, July 2011. The month-long summer arts festival features more than 400 events produced by more than 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide, with major funding provided by the City of Reno.

Now That’s A Look!

Unabashed Joy

Megan Hartmann

She’s gifted.

🙂 ::



Amon Tobin ‘ISAM’ Live


🙂 :: Incredible.

‘ISAM’ is available now in a variety of formats, including a deluxe 2XLP / Limited Edition CD Artbook (featuring exclusive images and an essay by John Doran) / Digital / T-Shirt package.

Buy at the Ninjashop:
Buy at
Download on iTunes:



So excited! The silk fabric that I ordered for our wedding coats arrived today. What a sweet sensation to actually feel the thing that will become transformed into another of such significance. Boggling, but in an exciting way.

The maquette pattern is almost done too. I’m sure it’s gonna be nervy when time to start the real thing…

SEEDs Graduation


Please Join us in celebrating our very first graduating class of the SEEDs Program!

Now That’s A Look!

Greta Garbo

Making “Magic”

This is so cool! The making of a music video for charity with over 300 volunteer dancers for Olivia Newton-John’s Cancer and Wellness Centre in Australia. The tune is her own “Magic”, and is being produced by WACCI (We’re Australian Creative Collective Inc.) whom the credit notes say have raised over $60,000 for the Centre.

Everyone has volunteered their time and talent which means *ALL* proceeds from sales of this new remix will be going to the Olivia Appeal.

🙂 :: You can get your copy of the song here:

The Wild Wild West


THU 9/08/11 – TEMPE, AZ


SAT 09/10/11 – SAN DIEGO, CA

WED 9/14/11 – RENO, NV

THU 9/15/11 – FRESNO, CA





🙂  ::   Tickets go on sale Wed June 8th 10:00am PST at

Want. Here. Now.

Meet Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s New Artistic Director designate – who will succeed Judith Jamison this July, he has announced today the creation of the New Directions Choreography Lab as a component to his vision and the Company’s 2011/12 Season.

want. here. now.

“I think that one of the things that choreographers suffer from is the lack of time and space. Certainly the access to bodies, to dancers,” says Mr. Battle. “I’m trying to find ways to identify choreographers who would benefit from having space and creative time to develop their work so that everything isn’t micro-waved. Things take time, and we should honor process.”

Mr. Battle’s interest in nurturing process has resulted in the New Directions Choreography Lab, which will offer assistance each year to four emerging or mid-level choreographers working in a variety of techniques.

New Directions will give choreographers access to versatile Ailey-trained dancers, rehearsal space and time, stipends, and the freedom to create without the pressures of a commission or final performance

“Often, we as choreographers have a deadline and we have to have a product at the end. I think that our culture is so product-driven that we often forget about the process,” says Mr. Battle. “And so the product tends to be stuck together with airplane glue just for a presentation, rather than having some sense that even if the ‘product’ isn’t a masterpiece, it’s a part of the journey.”