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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
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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. ❤


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


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

 


get silly with us.

Fun! Fun!

Next Weekend!  Next Weekend!

 

 

Listen people:  This show is all camp and ridic’lessness.  But we LOVE working with this group of talented artists and The Wizard of Oz is an undeniably cool piece of American mythology.  We’ve ticktocked it up with these silly characters, so come see us be the Lollipop Guild (yes, we are cross dressing), the Flying Monkeys (creeptastic), and Bridget as the Scarecrow (seriously:  what!?!?!)

 

It’s at the Triple Door, yo.

 

 


Perseus (the Encore), and MM absorption hits ticktock

This is my favorite shot from the Carkeek Performances — Captured by the talented Terry Wallace. Thanks, Terry!

Miguel is resurrecting Perseus in the CoCA gallery just in time for the 18th Annual Art Marathon and Auction! We will be performing on the sculpture on Thursday at 7:30 and 8:30 and on Friday at 7:30.

Come on out, see the art, do the Artwalk thing and see for yourself if Miguel can actually pull off fitting the 21-foot-tall sculpture under the 18-foot-tall ceilings of the former Elliott Bay Bookstore. And then see for yourself how we level the place with aerial awesomeness.

You might also like to know that we have been working with our kick-ass soundscape engineer on original accompaniment. Yes, it’s true, Phil Petrocelli of Great Falls in in the proverbial house.

This changes everything.

Come see us!

In the meantime, efforts have begun in earnest for our new full-length work, set to open in June of 2011. Stay tuned for lots of movement in that direction beginning in January. It’s major, folks. Producer Clayton Hibbert (SEAF, Shine: The Burlesque Musical) has agreed to produce it, and we are close to nailing down a director (squee!). Cocktail napkin design sketches are beginning to appear in my jacket pockets, and soon, your donations will be 100% tax-deductible, thanks to the good people at Shunpike! Thus, it begins. We hope to debut some pieces in Moisture Festival in the spring, and possibly to present something at SEAF as well.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, because…

In other news, Jill has joined the cast of UNDER, Manifold Motion’s new project, set to debut in November at INScape. Manifold Motion is our big sister company and Bridget has been with them for quite some time. I auditioned in June and was cast as a soloist. Bridget is choreographing the show’s finale, and now Jill has come on as a member of the kick-ass ensemble. Trust me, you DO want to see what happens when Keely gets ahold of the three of us and turns us into fungus. Oh, yes. There will be dancing. Creepy, scary dancing.

See you soon,
Liza


“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


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.!


12 Minutes Max!

Yesterday we all rolled in to the studio late– a *ahem* few minutes after 10am, and had a kind of a weird moment… we all started asking each other about work the night before. The trifecta was swept to the 4 winds a few days ago– Liza to Vashon Island to perform with the Aerialistas, Bridget to Corvallis, OR to teach at a yoga retreat, and Jill stayed in Seattle to perform at the new Velocity space on Cap Hill on Saturday night. The rundown was that the Velocity party was a blast and everyone was hammered and Jill had fun blowing people’s minds, the Vashon shows were great and Moisture Festival is more fun every year, and the retreat was intimate and rewarding and we love our friend Jessica in Corvallis who organized it. But we all felt a little funny to have been doing our things apart instead of together. Our work depends so much on our common language– the catch-you-pull-me doesn’t work unless we are focused in our bodies and on each other. It takes a measure of focus and precision and energy. It is work. And we were all exhausted; Bridget had even driven straight back into town and to rehearsal.

And in 2 hours, we had to perform at an audition.

So we slapped on some makeup, did some pliés, ran the piece and tried to connect, put on our costumes, grabbed the iPod and made a mad dash for Queen Anne.

We rolled into On the Boards planning to meanface the competition, but they actually turned out to be these sweet young girls who didn’t need meanface-ing at all, and then our friend Andre, who needed it even less. We didn’t know the curators and figured if we had an epic fail, we’d just come back next time.

But apparently we didn’t.

So come see us in 12 Minutes Max at On the Boards April 11 &12. We’ll be performing “What I’ll Show You” from no.1. We’d love to see you there!

w00t!