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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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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
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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

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


a few pics from dress rehearsal <3

photos by migueledwards.com


ticket link for domestic variations

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https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/177142


save the dates!

ticktock: domestic variations

Three women who inhabit the same house at different times explore the idea of “home” and the spaces where we make it, find it, or imagine it in a theatrical work incorporating circus arts, post-modern dance, and sculptural installation.

Fri-Sun June 17-26 @ FRED Wildlife Refuge

See you there!



Spring is all springlike and stuff

Even though the weather still blows, other energetic forces indicate that it is indeed spring in ticktockland. A slew of shows, new opportunities, and… new apparatus!

Miguel is hard at work already on all the new stuff for the June show, which features no traditional aerial apparatus at all. How can that be, you ask? Well come out to FRED later on this summer and you will see.

OK. We have a bunch more news and updates, too…

First of all, this was fun (photos by Natalya Pemberton):

See the rest at Natalya’s Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rougenoirphoto/.

And this was fun:

Video by Brad Curran.

Many thanks to the brilliant Zoe Keating. <;3

Here's a great still from that show by Stuart Updegrave:

And Moisture Festival was pretty much the highlight of our year, as usual. Not many pics have surfaced yet but here is a pretty portrait that the venerable John Cornicello took of the Girl with the Umbrella:

I’ll be performing that piece later this month at Teatro ZinZanni’s late night cabaret, Mezzo Lunatico. <;<;—clicky for tix! It will be a VERY fun show.

What else…?

Oh!

Keep an eye out for party info– we are planning a ticktock fundraising party for the new show, and you know how much fun we are at parties! In the meantime, you can always donate to us via Shunpike. We have to pay poor Miguel somehow…

Just click here:

Online donation system by ClickandPledge

$25 buys a carabiner, $30 buys us 20 feet of steel, $100 pays a dancer stipend for one performance, $150 buys a used clawfoot bathtub… I’ll just stop there. 🙂

We are also putting together a wishlist, which we will post and send ’round via e-mail, so make sure you’re either subscribed here or send an email to dropaline@ticktockdance.com with “send me e-mail!” in the subject line.

Oh Oh! Yes! Guess who is a temporary ticktocker for the SEAF show??? The incredibly beautiful Kari Podgorski! She is killer! The show is going to be very different than anything the Festival has attempted thus far, and we are just about beside ourselves with excitement. Pencil in May 20&21 at Fremont Studios. See you then…

Hey, we love you folks.

xo,

trifecta


Liza performs live with Zoe Keating!

Hey ticktockland!

 

I have a very fun announcement!  I just got booked to perform my solo trapeze (the one from “no.1”) with Zoe Keating!  Zoe composed the music that inspired the piece, so when I heard she was coming to the Triple Door, I sent her a video.  She e-mailed me back yesterday, saying she would love to have me perform it with her!

Woohoo!

Shows are March 28&29. Here’s a ticket link:

http://bit.ly/fZ6y1h

 

I would love to have you there!

 

xo

Liza