December 21, 2012
I hope this note finds you well, enjoying the pleasures of the season — one of
which for me is sharing my memories of the year with you. While there weren't as
many stagings this year, important projects were concluded and new ones begun.
Here are a few highlights:
1) Completion of the addendum to the Labanotation score of Creature on a Journey,
The three solos, Passage, Creature on a Journey and Hamadryad are now available
for study and staging, individually, or as Suite of Three through the Dance Notation
2) Setting Creature on a Journey on Chamber Dance Company, the graduate
student ensemble at the University of Washington in Seattle. The four performances,
attended by hundreds of people, were enthusiastically received.
3) Recording an interview about my experience learning Creature and dancing for
Erdman. The interview, along with historical background about Erdman, the UW
students' performances etc. will become part of a DVD series distributed through
university and public libraries. The performance will also be telecast locally in
4) Developing and teaching two new workshops:
a) Deconstructing Erdman for professional dancers in Manhattan
b) Jean Erdman & Hula: Traditional Dance as Creative Wellspring for dance educators at the National Dance Education Organization conference in Los Angeles
Both were very well received and initiated several opportunities that I'm pursuing for new projects in 2013.
5) Throughout the year the Jean Erdman Dance website (www.jeanerdmandance.com) continued to serve as a clearinghouse for artists and scholars from around the world. In this year that we celebrated the 100th anniversary of John Cage's birth, it was especially rewarding to be a source for Paul Cox's doctoral dissertation, Collaged Codes: John Cage's Credo In Us. Cage's landmark score, performed around the world this year was created for a duet that Erdman and Merce Cunningham choreographed and first performed in 1942.
6) In addition, I had the pleasure of performing Solo Nue, created for me by downtown choreographer Barbara Mahler, at LaGuardia College in June. You can see it at:
7) I also taught a course in Laban Movement Analysis as part of the Dance Therapy Association's Alternate Route Training Program at the 92nd St Y. The students from India, Canada, United Kingdom and throughout the U.S. were sensitive and dedicated. It was marvelous to see so many of them develop such a substantial understanding and even experience personal transformations through LMA in such a short time.
I hope each of you had a wonderful year full of creative projects, events and memories. I wish you all the best for more of same in the New Year.
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