Category Archives: tales from the road

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!


“Bridget kicks ass at the Royal” video + workshops, workshops, workshops + the imminent return of Jill

Watch the bar manager in the white shirt flee about halfway in– she was sure those top shelf tequila bottles were coming down!

ticktock is going to Chicago in September to teach and perform at Aloft, and Bridget and I thought we’d give our Seattle family first crack at the workshops we’re offering.  Check it.  Do it.  Tell your friends.

Note that each workshop is being offered twice; they are not two-part workshops although I’m sure you would be welcome to take them twice, or take different ones each weekend.  You may register for all three workshops in advance for $120.  See individual price below.
Please register directly with Elizabeth -liza@ticktockdance.com.
Creative Partnering – 2 hours, $40
Saturday, August 7 OR  Saturday, August 14, 2:00-4:00 pm
Learn to share weight in the air in ways that make partnering easier and more fluid.  This class begins by focusing on detailed techniques of hand-to-hand and progresses to basing and flying skills that are unusual or rarely seen, viewing partnering as choreography and conversation rather than the usual tricks and static poses, with an emphasis on skills that work with partners of similar weight.  We also use elements of acro balancing and yoga as exercises for discovering new aerial movement and complementary floor work.
Floorwork for Aerialists – 2 hours, $40
Saturday, August 7 OR Saturday, August 14 – 4:30-6:30 pm
Have you ever wanted to begin or end your aerial act with an exciting floor sequence but didn’t know where to start? In this class we will work on creating short, dynamic dance sequences to introduce or complete your piece, add a breather in the middle of long acts, make transitions between acts or off the stage, and find movement on the floor that complements your style in the air. 

Building an Act: Elements of Choreography – 3 hours, $60
Sunday, August 8 OR Sunday August 15, 11 am – 2 pm
The three elements of choreography are space, time, and energy.  We can use these concepts as lenses to dissect and define any movement.  Dance choreographers have been using this process of inquiry to make work for decades.  We are going to take these three elements of choreography to the circus.  Discover a systematic approach to putting your tricks together in a way that sets them apart and makes them come alive as performance, rather than just displays of movement.  You can use this system to create or overhaul any aerial act.

We are heading to Chicago on Sept. 4, like, 36 hours after Jill returns from Spain, so the Chicago stint will be the first time we’ve all been together since June.  We are chomping at the bit to get some new work happening.  Can’t wave a dead chicken in our studio without smacking into a good idea.  So, obviously we’ve got to do something about that.

More soon, loves. Bises.  -Liza


More… ahem… evidence…

My favorite part is when Bridget is asleep and telling me about her dreams and she says, “Armageddon!”  That’s so metal.


ATX!

Hi everybody!  E-Ro. here, updating from Austin, TX — my hometown.

First off– we have lots of fun video and stories from our trip to Ashland, OR.  But they will have to wait until I can edit all the vid.  I am going to make you guys a fun video entry about that.  But our students kicked ass, our hostess was superb, and we had an amazing time in gorgeous, idyllic Ashland!

Right now I am in Austin, preparing to perform my trap solo in the Big Range Austin Dance Festival.  This festival is the work of indie choreographer Ellen Bartel.  I danced for Ellen back when I lived her, and surprised her with an application to the festival this year.

The program is beautiful, with a new piece by Ellen involving 20 dancers on video and on stage, all waiting for trains in a station.  If you’re not familiar with Ellen’s work, Google SPANK! Dance Company right now. The show also includes sublime work from Anuradha Niampally, who does the best traditional Indian dance this side of the pond.  Her piece, a trio, is so detailed, so precise, and just mindblowing.  I was also surprised to see ex- Seattlite Andy Noble and his current company, NobleMotion.  Their piece uses these big, bright light boxes on the stage, with the dancers moving around them– but the audience can’t see what’s behind them because they are so bright.  The effect is really brilliant, with dancers appearing out of the void and disappearing again just as dreamily as the came.  So beautiful!

It’s nice to be back here and performing for the first time in 9 years.  I am hoping to pin down a venue for ticktock to come back with the whole shebang– but our venue for the festival, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, is only 18 feet high.  So I may have to do a little more recon while I am here.

Jilly and B Rock, I miss you so much!

Alright, I’m off.  Coffee awaits.

xoxo

E.!


When Jill and E. Ro went to NYC, this is what they did there

Got this video from NYC: