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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


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


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.

 

 


this winter has to end sometime…

I mean, doesn’t it?!?!? Sheesh.

We are gearing up for a characteristically chaotic spring and summer and would love to see your faces TOMORROW night at Art Attack!, the Georgetown Art Walk, in Shelly’s loft, 4810 Airport Way S.

We will be quite literally swinging from the rafters on cloud swing, trapeze, rope, and hoop– all for your general wonderment!

Come on down and we’ll see you there!

Also, we would love to see you over at the Triple Door March 24-26 for Viva Oz Vegas, starring ticktock as the Lollipop Guild, Jill and Liza as the Flying Monkeys, and Bridget as the Scarecrow!  We have had so much fun ticktocking it up with these campy characters and are pretty excited about the results.  It’s always a fun night out at the Triple Door– the food from Wild Ginger is so delish!  Get the Mandarin Chicken– known amongst us performers as “candy crack chicken”.  I think Ben de la Creme is responsible for that…

In May, ticktock will be joined by our awesome friend and cohort, Jenn Elder, to grace the mainstage at Seattle Erotic Art Festival. More on that awesomeness as the show draws nearer.

And… drumroll please… we are slated to debut a new full-length work in June! Yes. It’s true. It’s happening. And you will hear about it.

So keep checking in…

Right now it’s back to work for us, see you all very soon!

Love from Above,

the trifecta


Creepy Rope Flick Complete!!!

Jill on a rope.

Check. It. Out.


as promised

Clicky:


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


blitz! Chicago, Perseus, and the impending equinox

Our schedules have officially spiraled out of control. We’re all depending on the Full Moon in Aries converging with the Fall Equinox to restore some balance and bring last Spring’s beginnings to fruition, and shake this Summer’s funky energy…

But enough about that.

Chicago was awesome and we want to be its best friend. Zoe promises us that the pics will be here soon.

In the meantime, we’ve got your Saturday all planned!

Check the writeup on the CityArtsBlog, and come out to Carkeek Park to see us on one of the last beautiful days of Summer. It’s supposed to be 70 and sunny.

Love from Above,
ticktock