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4 ways learning to drive teaches responsibility

4 ways learning to drive teaches responsibility

When I was 18, I really didn’t care to get a license and drive. To this day, I still walk, bike and take transit almost everywhere. I love it! However, my parents were forceful about me driving. At the time, they told me “woman shouldn’t be walking alone at night.” Seriously, for this strong-headed feminist woman, that wasn’t convincing. Yet, I did pass the exam, and have learned to appreciate having the ability to drive throughout my life. It is clear to me know that learning the skill of driving is one that gives every young person the unique comprehension of being a leader. Although you can acquire these skills in other ways, it is rare when I meet someone who can’t drive who possesses all of them. And, although I feel it’s healthier for an individual, and better for the planet to bike to work, the knowledge that comes with learning to drive is unlike any other task. Decisiveness You have to be decisive when driving. It requires you plan a route in advance, when to get gas, if you will stop for a light when it turns yellow or even make quick decisions to turn around. Making decisions like this are the same kind of decisions we make to become leaders in our community. Responsibility to other people When you are a driver, you have a responsibility to your passengers in the car, as well as to all the pedestrians and other vehicles on the road, including bikes! If you fail to be responsible in a vehicle, you can harm, or fatally kill someone. This is a... read more
Essay Round up!

Essay Round up!

Wow! 24 essays published this year. Check out the 2016 work published on the Flow Arts Institute, the Dawn Dreams blog, and The Busking Project! The Doubts http://flowartsinstitute.com/the-doubts/ Clean Tech Part 1 http://flowartsinstitute.com/clean-tech-1/ Clean Tech part 2 http://flowartsinstitute.com/clean-tech-2/ The Jugglers Curse http://flowartsinstitute.com/the-jugglers-curse/ What is Flow http://www.dawndreams.ca/what-is-flow/ Relearning http://www.dawndreams.ca/re-learning/ Review of 4X4 Ephermeral Architectures http://www.dawndreams.ca/gandinis-4×4-ephemeral-architectures/ Paying Attention http://www.dawndreams.ca/paying-attention/ Being Yourself http://www.dawndreams.ca/being-yourself/ How to make a Human Statue Costume http://busk.co/blog/busking-tips-tricks/make-human-statue-costume/ Aurillac Street Festival in France http://busk.co/blog/busking-in/other-cities/aurillac-street-festival-france/ Busking in Copenhagen http://busk.co/blog/busking-in/other-cities/busking-copenhagen/ Busking in Amsterdam http://busk.co/blog/busking-in/other-cities/busking-in-amsterdam/ La Paz, Boliva – TBP journey post http://busk.co/blog/our-journey/la-paz-artists-boliva-tbp-journey/   Are you subscribed on Youtube? If not – Here’s some highlights of this years online work (don’t forget to hit subscribe) Contact Juggling Collaboration Video!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrRpPCK_XqU All the new juggling work in one video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4NE4RHWt0Q All the new Contact Juggling work in one video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZBczLc18lc The coolest mechanical puppets you’ve ever seen: Les Machines! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lkVWNVwaH8 A Hat a Cane and some crazy legs: Clown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AQke_I5XJ4 A New Contact Juggling Theory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWqEzgXvisw Balles Debloques – Thomas and Dawn’s act... read more
Being Yourself

Being Yourself

Professor Adam Grant wrote this essay “Unless You’re Oprah, ‘Be Yourself’ Is Terrible Advice.” But it seems this professor misrepresents, and misunderstands this advice, taking it in the most literal possible meaning. What the professor doesn’t understand is being authentic doesn’t mean saying every sarcastic feeling, or every detail of one’s thoughts. Being authentic means that you – yourself – are capable of being mindful of all the minutia of your own feelings and thoughts, as well as being mindful of your surroundings, and the interactions between them. Being authentic or “being yourself” is really just another word for being fully present, in both mind and body, of all that is happening in any given moment. The fact is, we are never only feeling, thinking or saying only one thing. This means you have a choice of which feeling, thought or words you choose to say. In fact, some of the most authentic people I know say very little and choose their words wisely and precisely because they are giving careful attention to all the details of the moments. My clown classes were the best training in “being yourself”, as it was a place where I had permission to be in my body and within my full range of emotions. My teacher, David McMurray Smith, taught that every clown has a “ring master”, and that the ring master is always present and in control of all impulses and behaviours. This ring master always ensure that you did not hurt anyone, including yourself, no matter what your clown was doing. If you clown was stomping on the floor, your ring master... read more
Paying Attention

Paying Attention

Over the years as a performance artist, I have learned that the most important factor in a good performance is paying attention, wholly and fully to every action you make and your audience’s response simultaneously. This means being vulnerable, showing up fully to your performance by committing to every action, and also being conscious those actions and the effects they have on others. This takes profound focus and concentration to do. We spend so much of our lives simply walking around the world, living in our heads all day, in a habituated state of consciousness. Been fully aware of everything around you is not always great, and can create anxiety, so this is not entirely a bad thing. WE need to habituate to our surroundings or we would be overstimulated very quickly. However, on stage, being open to and conscious of every feeling in your body, emotion, action and sound is the basis of a good performance. How do you invite interaction and be fully integrated in your own awareness, offering a fully whole self? Awareness and attention to details takes an enormous amount of practice. You won’t cure attention deficit disorder if you have it but, there are ways to start paying more attention and get more of yourself to be present in your actions. You must learn to pay attention to your attention. But how? Through consciously watching yourself and listening to when you are paying attention and when you are not. I became aware of how little I was paying attention when I started learning the French language. The repercussions of not being aware in any... read more
Scheherazade short

Scheherazade short

Performing to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade was a grande experience. The ability to perform with a full symphony was so full and rich with emotion and powerful technique. So many people’s passion combined into a single moment, with the addition of my expression of story telling and music was pure magic. Orchestral music is so rich on it’s own, but then they added my work to the mix. So many people who held me up and allowed me to share this with the world: Evan Michell The musical director, and who contacted me with this brilliant proposal, giving me a platform to express myself with. Remi Laroussinie who helped build the foundations of this piece, and reworked my work for more poise and grace Bekka Rose who was an outside eye, a lighting technician and my unconditional support. Her strength is in the details and she understands what needs to get done to make things clean and beautiful. Of course, my parents, my husband and all my friends whom I’ve spoke to in the last year were continuously helpful and gave me insights and I am grateful for every piece of advice that helped this come together. After getting off that stage, there is so much gratitude for each member of the symphony. The only thing more that I could wish for is that it could be a run of shows for a couple days in a... read more
Scheherazade

Scheherazade

Scheherazade is ready for her debut! Last night there was a dressed rehearsal before the debut of the newest show Scheherazade. It’s opening night next Sunday in the Kingston Grande Theatre. It’s a sold out show, and my parents will be there for the first time seeing me on stage (after 10 years of performing!) You can see the details of the show here: http://kingstongrand.ca/event/brahms-rimsky-korsakov-mw1 And some sneak peaks on my instagram: Stick balance. A video posted by Dawn Dreams (@dawn_dreams) on Sep 19, 2016 at 9:50am PDT Shahrazade tease. #storytelling #contactjuggling A video posted by Dawn Dreams (@dawn_dreams) on Sep 19, 2016 at 9:19am PDT... read more
Gandini’s 4X4 Ephemeral Architectures

Gandini’s 4X4 Ephemeral Architectures

I had the pleasure of seeing the Gandini Jugglers perform the Montreal Premiere of 4X4 Ephemeral Architectures at the Festival Completement Cirque here in Montreal. It is the second time I saw them this year (Win)! The first was their Meta Performance at the Rencontres Des Jonglages in Paris back in April, which also includes dancers, and is generally quite awesome. First can we just say the obvious? Ballet dancers are so beautiful. There is nothing so graceful in the world as properly trained dancers. *swoon* The Gandini’s may have convinced me to like ballet more than juggling. Oops. Easy review: The show was a success! A full standing Ovation for the whole group on their first night – congrats everyone! A longer comparison of the old version vs. now: I saw this show 2 years ago at Rencontre des Jonglages, and now there is a sense that the whole piece radically changed and matured. Yet, looking back at the trailer, the key elements are all very much still there. 2 years ago, the jugglers bodies and the ballet dancers bodies moved so differently from one another. Jugglers movements were so angular, always breaking at the elbows and wrists when they are throwing. The ballet dancers are the opposite, so graceful and floaty, and their lines always fluid. The show back then was a contrast and comparison between two different types of athletes. The similarities were that the dancers or the objects appear to float through the air effortlessly. The difference was the jugglers use an object as a central point of focus, and the dancer use their body as the point of focus. The... read more

The Meaning of Art

Sometimes I wonder what the meaning of art is. I wonder if this is a good use of my life. It is a hoped that one could inspire others to find the awe and wonder in themselves. It is a hope that we could all become like children again, just for a moment. We don’t know why we need stories, but we do. We are willing to fight for them, to die for them, and to take our whole lives to become Masters at telling them. Whatever the meaning of story’s and sports are, it’s intangible, but there is no doubt it is... read more
I am back

I am back

I am back! Here’s a Sneak Preview of Dawn’s newest act & tour dates in Quebec and Toronto! View this email in your browser I AM BACK (In Canada) Hey Hey, How are you doing? Things are great here, just wanted to give you some tour dates, a download, and a bit of my story from France. For 2 years I was living and training in France. Moving across the world actually meant a complete deconstruction of all I knew before, and a newly reconstructed view of the world. I re-learned how to walk and balance my body, and by practicing walking and dancing, I learned how to listen to how my body feels. I did this daily. I re-learned how to talk by learning French. I relearned how to write by writing for The Busking Project and the Flow Arts Institute. Understanding tone, speed, and articulation is something I never heard or paid attention when speaking english, but they became became important when learning a foreign language. Most of all, I learned how much attention is required for real listening. Speaking in a second language is an game of endurance of one’s attention span. Who knew? I re-learned how to drive. It was a manual car and I drove through small windy village towns, with the feel of an engine at my fingertips. The space a car takes-up became very apparent when the size of the roads are the size of one lane in Canada. It is still too much to pay attention to driving while speaking French at the same time. It was like reliving 30 years of life in a 2 year time period. Except I am consciously aware of my infantile ways. All of this allows for a deeper... read more

re-learning

This process of being in France for 2 years gave me some serious understandings of my art. Through a process of re-learning everything, I have re-discovered many things. I had to reclaim my contact juggling through all this training. Re-find my style, my ideas, my own joys without having the taint of someone’s else’s idea of “cool” placed upon me. I have been relearning to walk, to find grace, not in the trendy break-dancing way, but in a way that suits my body, my ideas of improvisation, my hopes and understanding of lines and grace. I have relearned to write – like I couldn’t do in school – crying over essays because I was dealing with so many difficulties in my relationships, with my family, with my own self esteem. I relearned what art is, what it means to the world and what it means to me. The practiced deepened inside of me in a way I have no words for yet. I have relearned my ideas of myself. How to be strong in what I value, even if they go against the norms of society. I have had to learn not to be defensive, although this is more difficult said than done. I have learned my triggers, and how to avoid them. I have learned comfort in those who share a similar reality to mine, and the connections and conversations that I feel are real and deep and meaningful – without having to be defensive – but just being me and having that be accepted and loved. I have had to learn I am not crazy. I have... read more

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