Dancing as if language had surrendered to movement

Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.
— W.B. Yeats

In addition to playing Rose in Curio's upcoming production of Dancing at Lughnasa, I am also really looking forward doing the choreography for it as well.  Friel's description of the Mundy sisters when they break into dance is vivid: "With this too loud music, this pounding beat, this shouting - calling - singing, this parodic reel, there is a sense of order being consciously subverted"

This is no Riverdance here.  In fact, that arms-at-your-sides-dance-from-the-knees-down that we think of as Irish dance is a relatively new development, instituted when a version of strict Catholic nationalism was being pushed at the turn of the last century - at the expense of many earthier, pagan-based traditions.  The Irish set dance is a much freer folk dance and we are going to be developing a vocabulary of steps as a company that the sisters would have learned as girls at the rural harvest dances.  This movement can then be integrated naturally into the explosive, impulsive dance in Act I. 

Check out some traditional set dancing!  

Jingle bells & platform boots

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

They say that the Mummers start planning their next routine on January 2nd.  That's how I always feel about Tribe of Fool's annual holiday burlesque.  It's never too early to start ruminating on the next great burlesque number.  For the last four years, it has been such a delight to explore this crazy, old-school performance style with the Tribe.  Burlesque is silly & sexy, sassy & stupid and I adore it.

This year, yours truly - Miss Calico Punk - will sharing the stage with Dirty Santa, Horny Rudolph, Timmy Bagley, & Mikhail Jackinoff.  The host will be none other than crowd favorite Nasty Frosty.

I just finished my costume today - shameless selfie below!