Thank you New Orleans! Again!

Thank you to everyone who helped make A Lovely Picnic at NOFringe such a beautiful experience. As usual, it took a small army. I’mma call you out:

Jennifer Zeyl, my inspiring friend and outside eye, for your direction, vision, attention to detail, time, and moral support. You’re a true theatre cowgirl. Thank you.

Dan Baumfeld, partner in crime, for ridiculous pet names and all other things fun. Thanks for making this possible.

Bruce Salmon and Austin Smith, for being unbelievably talented, totally game, and ridiculously magical. Thank you.

Keely Isaac-Meehan, for help with choreography and all the cheerleading. It’s no small thing. Thank you.

Bernard Hazen, for being my juggling guru and all-around darling. Thank you. I miss you.

K.d. Schill, for altering my costume and busting out with the wig-making skillZ on a moment’s notice. So fierce. Thank you.

MLE at WhiskeyDogPrintShop for the aerial costume! Rufflebutt FTW. Thank you.

Kristen Evans, for not taking no for an answer. And Swamp Deville, for being such a good chef. Your dinners are downright persuasive. Cheers, darlins’.

Erica Amrine at Clouet Gardens, for knowing that it was going to be perfect. Thank you.

Ben Harwood, for giving us a home in New Orleans. You are the most. The MOST. Thank you.

Will Coviello, for writing me up in the Gambit and making the buzz happen. Thank you.

Jian, Judith, and Andrea, for being the best little street team ever. Thank you.

Everyone who came… and the New Orleans Fringe community. Thank you. I’ll be back soon.

xo,

Liza

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ticktock presents: Liza Rose (in) A Lovely Picnic (at) New Orleans Fringe Festival

For Immediate Release

ticktock presents Liza Rose in A Lovely Picnic at New Orleans Fringe Festival

Nov. 14-18, 2012

Contact: Liza Rose liza@ticktockdance.com or 718-974-4742Image

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Click here to check it out on the NOFringe Festival Site!

 

Please join us Nov.14-18 at The Clouet Gardens, 710 Clouet in the Bywater, at 4pm each day for “A Lovely Picnic, or almost serious, totally magical, rose-colored teatime” at the New Orleans Fringe Festival.

After selling out houses with “domestic variations” at last year’s Fringe, ticktock artistic director Liza Rose is excited to return to New Orleans to present this charming half-hour site-specific contemporary physical exploration. Backed by two musicians and a tree with a swing, Ms. Rose delicately investigates the challenges of self-sufficiency, the revelations of simplicity, and the small joys of solitude that surface while preparing a picnic in the garden. With a generous helping of aerial antics and gorgeous dancing, a side of spontaneous singing, and a whimsical rococo ambience, this playful ritual makes the mundane into magnificent in true ticktock style. Matthew Echert of The SunBreak says to watch Liza perform is to witness “An incredible display of agility, strength, and grace.”

A Lovely Picnic was conceived by ticktock Artistic Director Elizabeth Rose and created with director Jennifer Zeyl while in residence at the Smoke Farm in Arlington, WA, a secluded 350-acre former dairy farm on the Stillaguamish River, cradled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The piece was inspired in large part by their experiences, conversations, and meditations on the Farm. It is directed by Ms. Zeyl (The Itiman Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theatre, On the Boards), and features music composed and performed live by New Orleans native Bruce Salmon (The Inheritance, THAT Damned Band). Violin virtuoso Austin Smith joins the picnic as well, to round out the live music component. ticktock, in its third year as a company, has brought new depth and possibility to its formerly self-directed ensemble of circus performers by reaching out to include new collaborators of a directorial and musical focus. The results have already been heralded as “magical” by local audiences. 

We are beyond excited to bring this piece to what is quite possibly the most magical city on earth. Come join us in the garden! A Lovely Picnic waits. 

 
One week from today…
 
Love, 
Liza

Smoke Farm, side projects, and a baby

Oh my goodness.

 

What is happening in ticktockland?

 

Picking up where we left off…

 

We’d like to welcome the littlest ticktocker, Miss Violet Rae.  She is cute as a button, and now almost 5 months old! Jilly is the most beautiful mama ever.

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She even made a cameo in August at Smoke Farm with Mama’s company, Storm Warning.  Gorgeous!

 

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I performed as well, on my swing.  Here’s a pic by the awesome Melanie Masson:

 

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I’ll be taking my piece to New Orleans to perform in the Fringe again in… Eep!  10 days!

 

I will post a press release and more info in the next day or so.  I need to update our teaching schedules as well; the bunch of us are teaching away over here…

 

More later.

 

xoxo

Liza


those ticktock girls… where are they now?

Hello! Hi! Oh Goodness, it has been a while!

Here’s the short answer to what has been happening: Things have exploded in ticktockland.

Starting where we left off…

New Orleans was amazing. Our show was very well received, and they told us that we drew the largest audiences in the history of the NOFringe. Here is a little video of what that looked like… the NOLA vid starts about 30 seconds in:

Thank you to everyone who helped us get there and back. Thank you to Jennifer Zeyl, Wes Hurley, Keri Kellerman, John Boylan, Nikolai Lesnikov, and every single person who donated to our fundraising campaign. Thank you the the amazing people at NOFringe: Kristen, Emilie, Phil, and Damon, as well as Adam (volunteer manual labor), Jeff (lighting), Ray (incredible host at the Den). Artists, if you want to, and if you can… DO THIS FESTIVAL. Do it.

Here we are backstage at the Den of Muses with Denny, the house cat:

We returned from New Orleans and launched ourselves full force into the Holiday season, which included a bunch of parties and random gigs for everyone. Things were busy.

Last month, our friend and ticktock superfan Goldie Jones at Subversionz Media released a mini documentary she did of us while we were working on the Alley-Up show last September. Check it:

As for this year, the company is officially on hiatus until September.

We are all still very much in love with each other and the work, but we have all been pursuing various other equally exciting personal and professional projects. I asked each of the girls for something to put up here for all our peeps to see, and here’s what they sent me:

Rachel just debuted a new act using a 180 gallon tank full of salt water – this here is it:

She’s “headed to europe for the summer to do a lil work, and a lil travel, working with Fidget Feet, a company based out of Ireland.”

Rachel. You are so beautiful. I can’t wait to squeeze you.

Sage is off and traveling the world kicking ass at circus! She sent me a little list of where she’s been and who she’s seen:

-Personal intensive with the cast and director of C!RCA, Montreal, CA
-Personal training with Irina Naumenko, Montreal, CA
-Workshop with Firenza Guidi and NoFit State, Cardiff, Wales
-Workshop with Maksim Komaro and NoFit State, Cardiff, Wales
-Traveled through Bristol and London to check out the circus/performing scene for a week

That’s a sweet list!

Bridget is back to rocking out after taking 3 months off to heal. She recently returned from a tour in Germany where she took a fall. She spent her healing time rolling on the floor and finding her dance again. She has returned to her aerial training and to performing at The Pink Door and teaching at Emerald City Trapeze Arts.

Bridget… I love the sh*t out of you. Just saying.

Jill just finished dancing with our amazing sister company Manifold Motion in their new show, “Compos Mentis”. Her last performance for a while was March 25th, in which several feather pillows met their maker.
She is currently in production, creating…A HUMAN BEING!!!! Really!!! This work-in-progress will premier around June 7th. Until then she will remain “grounded”, but stay tuned for her post-partum aerial adventures late summer/early fall 2012. Jill is still available for private lessons (verbal feedback only!)

Jilly, we can’t wait to meet your baby girl. Congratulations and welcome to the Mommy club. 🙂

And as for me…

I have been performing here and there. I returned to New Orleans in February and will be back in May. I am collaborating with New Orleans-based sculptor and theatre maker Adam Tourek of New Noise to create a new site-specific performance installation, which we will debut in August in Seattle and November in NOLA. I can’t release all the details yet, but it is VERY cool. I’m beyond excited about working down there, and about this collaboration with Adam.

I also just returned from Austin, where I performed a piece commissioned by choreographer Sharon Marroquin at the Long Center.

2 days after I returned I began performing the Bathtub Solo in the Moisture Festival, which closed 2 weeks ago. Here’s a pic:

I’ll be doing the Bathtub again as part of SEAF in June, as well as choreographing a new ensemble piece commissioned by the Festival on a giant spider web. You should really come see it.

I’ve also been teaching at Versatile Arts, and loving every minute of it! Teaching is beyond inspiring and my students are wonderful! Click the link to check out the current session’s schedule and register for classes. I’ll be teaching Advanced Trap, Doubles, and my infamous Choreography class again, all beginning May 7.

As for the company and when you’ll see us together again… we have a few things coming up in the Fall, but nothing is set in stone just yet. We will definitely be performing excerpts from domestic variations as part of The Next Fifty at Seattle Center, and have received a request to produce dv in its entirety again at the Capitol Theatre in Olympia. All details are still forthcoming.

So there you have it, folks. The long-awaited blog update. Give us a shout. Say “hi”. We’re doin’ good, but we miss you tons. Hope to see you soon.

Much Love,
ticktock

New Orleans has stolen my <3.

Hey tickockland!

Well! It was an insane month of preparations to get us here. I can’t even begin to go into detail. It seems like every time we put up domestic variations, it darn near kills us. Then… we don’t die, we do the show, and it’s over all too soon.

Wednesday night we wheeled the bed outside to the pre-party and parked it on the road by the train tracks and Dani stopped traffic so we could do our preview performance. We were totes punk rock.

Thursday night the house was not quite full, but the audience was lovely. The venue manager reported that one woman said as she was leaving, “I want more variations!” And the guy selling pizza in the alley watched the show from the doorway and bought a ticket after it was over. That might be my favorite story ever.

We’ve gotten a great response so far. It’s almost like people here like art or something.

Yesterday we got up at 5am to go down to the venue and perform for a TV spot on Good Morning New Orleans. Look Mom! We’re on TV!
http://www.abc26.com/news/local/wgno-news-fringe-fest,0,4794619.story

Last night we pulled the biggest house in the history of the festival, and they turned about 30 people away.

The Nola Defender named us “best of the fest”. That probably helped.
http://noladefender.com/content/even-more-views-fringe

This festival is amazeballs!! We saw Hand2Mouth do their incredible show “My Mind is Like an Open Meadow” and everybody cried. Then we saw “Zombies, Actually… an undead musical” and everybody laughed. So… we got that covered, lest you worry that we weren’t having a well-rounded Fringe experience. Tonight we’re seeing a couple shows before call, and tomorrow as well. I’m excited to see Poki and Ember’s show “Button Wagon”, and Claire Moody’s “the invisible draft”… and SO many more that I will probably miss.. *sigh* I might come back next year just to attend. The work is THAT good.

Tonight we’ve got a late slot at 11pm, and then we’re going dancing at Mimi’s. Catch up with us if you’re in town!

Love from Above,
Liza
and ticktock/team NOLA!


our “Selfstarter” fundraising campaign video

YOU can get us to New Orleans!

As you know, we are incredibly honored and excited to be performing at the New
Orleans Fringe Festival in November! As an emerging company, we don’t
yet have all the financial resources of a more established
organization, and we are depending largely on individual supporters to
get us to New Orleans. Get involved! Help us represent our remarkable
Seattle arts community at the NOFringe, where we will perform not only
for brand new audiences, but also an audience of our peers–theatre
makers from all over the country. We need to meet our fundraising goal
of $7000 by October 23 in order to send 3 performers, one stage
manager, one technician, and our entire set of custom apparatus to New
Orleans. Whew!

So don’t delay! We are a Partner Artist of Shunpike, a 501(c)(3)
umbrella organization. This link will take you directly to the online
form where you can make your 100% tax-deductable donation today:

Online donation system by ClickandPledge

And don’t forget to include your snail-mail address. We have special
thank-yous for donors who contribute $100 or more!

Thanks so much!

-Liza

PS: Special thanks to Wes Hurley for the video magic. ❤


TEAM NOLA

Announcing Team NOLA: Liza Rose, Sage Cushman, and congratulations to the beautiful Rachel Strickland, who was selected from the auditionees on Saturday! We’ve got the inimitable Dani Prados of Gesamtkunstwerk! Theatre as our stage manager, and thank goodness. She makes me feel like I don’t have to do all the hollerin’. : )

The NOFringe schedule will be announced in a few days and we are PSYCHED!  In the meantime, please consider a tax-deductable donation to help get us there.  It’s easy!  

Just –>click and pledge<– !

We have to raise almost $7000 to make this trip happen, and frankly, we’re relying on you.  As an emerging company, we don’t have all the financial backing of  more established organizations. We are excited for the opportunity to show everyone at the NOFringe how we do it in the PNW. It is an important step for ticktock. Seattle represent! 

 

We are perilously close to rolling out a new website– keep your eyes on ticktockdance.com.

 

Off to rehearsal…

 

xo,

Liza

 


Alley-Up! + Audition for ticktock!

Hello everybody!

We have more information on the very fun show coming up on Sept. 29 that I mentioned in the previous post.  Here’s the full story: From 6-7pm we will be performing domestic variations: reprise in the Nord Alley in Pioneer Square (that’s the alley behind the old Eliott Bay Book Store). We’re being produced by the Alley Network Project, a fine group of Pioneer Square business owners committed to the vitality of their neighborhood.  We’ll be joined in the other Pioneer Sq. alleys by the fantastic folks at Versatile Arts, Vita Arts (a great youth outreach arts organization), and our friends Stimulate Dance.  It’s free!  So come on out and see some funky wierd performance in the alleys!

Jill and I have been working with Sage in rehearsal and it’s going to be great! Admit it: you’re curious.

Also, we’re auditioning! Did you know? Here’s the deets:

Open call for female Aerialists, Acrobats, and Dancers

ticktock is looking for one physical performer to join the company for
4 shows in New Orleans, LA, Nov. 17-20, 2011. Female strongly
preferred, but male dancers with ensemble-compatible energy will be
considered. Travel expenses and performances are paid. Continued
collaboration following this project is likely.

Performers must exhibit a strong blend of the following skills (in no
particular order):

– solid modern dance technique
– good basic acrobatics including walkovers and handstands (aerials
and handsprings a plus)
– strong aerial skills, static trapeze preferred
– ability to say “yes”, make bold choices, and develop memorable characters

We understand the rigorous nature of all four of these skill sets.
Some coaching will be available during the rehearsal process, so don’t
freak if your handstands aren’t perfect or ankle drops scare you, as
long as you are willing to work on things in and outside of rehearsal.

Rehearsals will be held at Versatile Arts in Greenwood; schedule is
subject to performers’ availability.

Be prepared to learn approximately 1 minute of choreography,
demonstrate aerial combinations on demand, and improvise on the floor and in the air. We will warm up together.

Please direct questions and RSVP to Elizabeth Rose at
liza@ticktockdance.com or call 718-974-4742.

ticktock is the Pacific Northwest’s only experimental circus and dance
company, creating genre-bending choreographic works on horizontal and vertical planes.

Watch the trailer from our latest show here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-chx-Hn32Qk

More soon– I actually leave on the 29th for New York to perform in the New York Burlesque Festival the following night. But New Orleans and Austin are up next!

Keep in touch, ok?

Love,

Liza


Fall approacheth, so it goes

Hey!

Here is a pic from Lo-Fi:

Great photo by Cindy Apple.(c) 2011 www.cindapple.com

AND!!!!

We are performing Perseus again soon at the Rainier Beach Art Walk on Sept 17, thanks to SEED Arts Seattle and 4Culture Site Specific. The event happens from 11 to 3 that day and we don’t have times yet, but will let you know.

Then, on Sept 29 at 6pm, we will be performing scenes from domestic variations in the Nord Alley in Pioneer Square as part of Alley-Up!, presented by the Alley Network Project. We’re excited about that for a couple of reasons. 1) Because it’s a really cool event. 2)Because it’s being shot by Goldie Jones for a web vid about us by Subversionz Media and 3) Because Jill and I will be joined in the air by the remarkable Sage Cushman, Seattle newcomer and recent graduate of the National Institute of Circus Arts in Australia. Whew! So come on out and see what happens when we set up our apartment in an alley.

We have more news brewing and some traveling on the horizon (hello major fundraising), but that’s all for now. We are interested to see how the rehearsal process with Sage shapes up and excited about bringing her on board for this show. And don’t worry, Bridget is still around. 🙂

Ok now Liza, go to bed…

xo. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


on to the next one…

Hey! Ok. We have recovered from the exhausting experience that was domestic variations. Mostly. It was our most ambitious work yet, and we are proud of ourselves for what we accomplished artistically; taking huge risks, and expanding our vision. We got excellent feedback from our fans, peers, and community. I feel like ultimately it was a valuable and explosive step in our creative evolution. We are hoping to remount it in a few other cities, and perhaps in Seattle agin in Fall of 2012. We love it for what is was, and what it is going to be. It’s life is just beginning. Us artists… we’re never quite satisfied, are we? But I feel like as a company, we’re making peace with that.

In the meantime, the next few weeks will be consumed with redesigning ticktock vs. Perseus (performed on a 21 foot tall kinetic sculpture by Miguel Edwards) for our appearance at Not to Scale, the Lo-Fi Summer Arts Festival at the Smoke Farm. Smoke Farm is a magical place located outside Arlington, Washington, in the north fork of the Stillaguamish river. It used to be a dairy farm, and was purchased from the Smoke Brothers in 1993. It is now part of the Rubicon Foundation, and dedicated to supporting art, science, and philosophy through creative and community work. We love to spend time there, and this festival is THE best thing you will attend this Summer. If you love us, you MUST come and spend time with us in this place. Please. The artist roster is insane (72 visual and performing artists!) and includes, DK Pan, Awesome, and Titanium Sporkestra, just to name a few. Plus, our dear friend Keely Isaac-Meehan, artistic director of Manifold Motion, will be performing a new solo work! w00t!

Hope to see you soon.

Love,
Liza