Friday, 23 March 2012

more festival of lights

I know I'm not in Kansas! These were the kind of independent installations that you would find as you wandered the paths.
learning how to do it right from an early age...Miss Tulip knows she's got it goin' on!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

look what I found now...

In one of my 5-boxes-of-life, I found some disposable cameras that I finally got developed. Both cameras were from my trip out to BC several summers ago. These shots are from a fabulous festival of lights, as I have no memory, that might actually be the name??? The park is old and well treed with ponds and playgrounds and foot bridges and paths to wander and then, for the festival, Led installations are everywhere....think Christmas but way cooler. You expect Santa and his reindeer.

In one pond, the installation had koi leaping out of the water and splashing back down. It was mesmerizing. Individuals and groups of friends put things together too. There was an awesome spaceship and spaceman. Think the Halloween costumes you used to make. The spaceship was a tent in a former life and the spaceman had that "Danger Will Robinson" look to him. Sadly, the pic I took is way too dark.

The best fun for me though, were the costumes....serious time and thought put in to them!! Out of this world. Click on the photos for a bit closer look.

Hmmm, this post was supposed to have the writing beside the pics but I am done with my computer for the should have seen how much time I wasted trying to get the pics sent through in this really cool format on Iphoto which for some reason, wouldn't work. Will post more pics from that trip later. Nighty night!!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

my 1968 self....

I have been going through the 5-boxes-of-my-life again. These 5 boxes, in storage for 4 years, travelled to TO with me. I made a point to bring them with a plan to sort and organize at my leisure. Strong start, yes. Big finish, likely never!

Revisited one of them again the other day and found a piece of paper with a quote I had copied down. It was posted on my bulletin board when I was 15 years old. Right above my record player. Right beside my copy of Desiderata.

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else--means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting."
e.e. cummings

I have now started a collage of sorts on my closet door. This yellowed piece of paper has pride of place. A tribute to my 1968 self! And still not far off the mark for 2012!

Sunday, 4 March 2012

worm hole....just emerging on the other side

Can't squeal with delight that I have a job yet, just finished four on-line applications (within the same company, different store locations) and have been checking sites for latest info....on top of that, performed in a show on Feb. 18 (I sang). It was very last minute with the info, sorry I didn't get it out to you. But, it came with all the last minute drama and this-show-will-never-be-ready-mania right up to the tech run. And yet, a miracle occurred and the audience loved it and we were are pretty chuffed that it pulled together after 5 1/2 months of working on it!!!

As many of you know, after a show, the feeling of having your life back is lovely! Today, my friend Jannet and I, went to The Rex on Queen Street near University to listen to Django Club, first Sunday of every month at 3:30. It really is a delight....Django at its finest and the food is pretty darn good too. The platter of french fries I finished in 5 minutes is top-notch!!!

On Friday night I got a last minute ticket to the Fleck Theatre at Harbourfront for a performance of Entity, choreographed by Wayne McGregor. Wayne is a British choreographer, renowned for his physically testing choreography and use of visual art, film, technology and science. I was so exhausted watching the 60 minute performance, my legs wouldn't stand me up!!! He works with Sadler Wells and Royal Ballet in London, La Scala, Paris Opera Ballet, San Fran ballet, NYC Ballet, well, everywhere!! Plus he is a movement director in film i.e Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the new music video Lotus Flower, which he choreographed for Radiohead, has been nominated for a Grammy.

Last fall, he choreographed a piece for the National Ballet with music of the White Stripes which I sadly missed so I was happy to see this presentation. The music for this one was techno/lounge/industrial and really worked with the movement. His movement is just on the edge of being off and the technique and strength the dancers need to not lose their centre is incredible. You are contorting and holding on with them and feeling what they are doing in your body....hopefully the people on either side of me didn't notice!!

As I was leaving, the funniest comment overheard ever was, "well, that's early onset arthritis waiting to happen"!!!

Sorry for the big gap between posts...hoping to get on top of it...have many posts that involve me getting the issues with my Mac and camera sorted I have no attention span for techie stuff, I last about 10 minutes before I put it away again. Type to you later!!