Thanks so much to everyone who came to last Saturday's show. We've got the best audiences -- it's so fun. Of course, it helped that we had amazing performers. Diana Lara opened, dancing to sounds of traffic and ocean waves. Vitali's sound scores for NoNo Dance always make me want to MOVE -- this time, he and Rosemary did a witty dance that introduced the "iBox"; they were joined by a violinist who added a touch of intrigue. Andrew Wass's & his group's creativity never fails to amaze; Claire Peaslee's physicality and humor are always surprising: Catherine Debon was so, so French and we so, so related to her solo about bravely facing life's pains. At least, I did! The Brine's music was fresh and quirky.
Our next "regular" Moment's Notice will be on Saturday, August 29.
Before that, though, we have a special event:
Ruth & Bob are Bay Area performance art / improvisation legends -- they're written up in books about improvisation -- real masters of the art.
Ruth co-founded Moment's Notice's home, Western Sky Studio, where she honed & taught her own personal style of improv, Action Theater. She lives in Santa Fe now, so this is a rare chance to see her perform.
Bob was a co-founder of the Blake Street Hawkeyes, the experimental theater ensemble that's famous for being Whoopie Goldberg's old stomping ground, as well as John O'Keefe's, George Coates', and other local luminaries'. He's performed on virtually all the major local stages, as well as on TV & film. He's in the Guinness Book of World Records for a 24+ hour improvisation he did for the Hawkeyes' Actualist's Convention. Insane? Well, maybe insanely wonderful. The July 11 show will be much shorter than that, we promise.
More info is here: http://momentsnoticeimprov.wordpress.com/
Usually we have tickets available at the door, but this time, reservations are advised!
Hope to see you there!
Tickets: $8-$15 sliding scale
Location: Western Sky Studio, 2525 8th Street, Berkeley (in the Sawtooth Studios building, between Dwight Way & Parker St.)
Andrew Wass and Kelly Dalrymple-Wass founded Non Fiction in 2007. They have been working together for the past 8 years teaching/performing in festivals, universities, and studios in the States and abroad. The Non Fiction website is still under construction so until then, check out www.andrewwass.com and www.lowerleft.org They’re performing “Anything Is Permitted to Us”, an adaptation of a solo body score for ensemble performance.
The Brine (Andy Strain, trombone; Jason Hoopes, bass; Noah Phillips, Guitar) : music
Formed in the East Bay Area in Spring 2008, The Brine is a free improvisation trio that blends elements of accessible tonality and popular music sensibilities with an avant-garde emphasis on texture. The Brine has developed a unique and recognizable sound and is currently putting the finishing touches on their 1st recorded work. (http://www.myspace.com/thebrinetrio)
Claire Peaslee & Kim Criswell : action theater
Claire and Kim will be exploring solos – alternating, interrupting, and perhaps overlapping - in shared space.
Claire Peaslee has a life practice in Action Theater and finds that "improvisation of presence" is actually happening most of the time when life is good. This is why she performs, teaches and studies the form. Claire lives in Point Reyes and subsists as a writer/editor and naturalist. Tonight's improvisation is offered in celebration of possibility and imagination.
Kim Criswell recently returned from Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she participated in a gathering of Action Theater teachers and advanced practitioners from around the world. She co-produces Moment’s Notice.
Diana Lara : dance
Diana Lara is a choreographer and dancer from Honduras. She graduated from the Choreography Program of the Center for Research and Choreography at the Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) in 2003. In 2006, she received a scholarship to study at the program in Somatic Research and Participatory Arts offered by the Moving-on-Center School in Oakland, California. She has worked as a dancer and choreographer for contemporary dance groups in México (Caída Libre and Luna Roja) and Honduras (Danza Libre), participating in festivals in Mexico and Central America. She has training in ballet, Humphrey-Limon and somatic techniques. She was a professor of Humphrey-Limon technique at Centro Cultural Los Talleres in Mexico City for seven years. Diana currently lives in San Francisco and works as an independent artist developing projects based in the exploration of somatic elements.(http://www.escenica7.com/lunaroja/). For Moment’s Notice, she will dance to music by Paul Lansky and John Rodgers.
Catherine Debon : theater
Catherine Debon has been creating performance pieces since the mid 80's – most recently as part of the improv duo, “Radio Brunettes”. These days she only has time to create theater on the spot. In keeping with her fashionable cultural heritage (she’s French!), Catherine is planning nothing but her costume, and hopes for nothing more than hanging in the unknown. Experience tells us this is likely to work out perfectly.
nono dance (Rosemary Hannon & Vitali Kononov) : dance
Nono Dance is a performance collective dedicated to conceptually, visually, and aurally framed improvisation. Formed by Rosemary Hannon and Vitali Kononov in 2007, Nono Dance investigates the somatic realms of dance performance. Nono’s improvisational work explores expanded awareness through non-doing. This authenticity in performance elicits a shared experiential field with the audience, offering somatic resonance and rich imagined non-linear narratives. (nonodance.info)