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...
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...
BJC 2014 Performance Poetry In Motion

BJC 2014 Performance Poetry In Motion

At the British Juggling Convention last year, I demonstrated my newest work, Poetry in Motion, on the Open Stage. It’s work with Alphabet Manipulation creating Anagrams for story telling. It’s very difficult to create, but this is the beginning of the work. I am excited to share this with...
Edinburgh Fringe 2013

Edinburgh Fringe 2013

Here is a log of my experiences of the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. It fundamentally changed my work as a circus performer. ————————————– Thursday, 8 August 2013 at 07:55 Day 1: First show was lovely by all appearances, but I was shaking on the inside! I was so nervous! It was as usual, wee little girls with pig tails loving it & laughing. Second show was much harder on the mile – I was in a sound bleed from 3 other acts that were bothersome, the act before me got off the pitch late, so my music schtick didn’t work & it was hard to “keep” my crowd. All an all a balanced day. Thursday, 8 August 2013 at 18:48 Day 2: I had more control over my crowds, and more slots, but less hat. I find this place the exact opposite of Denmark (and Canada). It is loud, competitive, boisterous and difficult for this quiet act to give the audience the moment of peacefulness that Goldie often gives. My audience really enjoyed my show, but I couldn’t get them to tip… Learning learning. I think tomorrow I am going to try my show without paint & with more talking. Let’s see how it goes. Saturday, 10 August 2013 at 08:07 Day 3: First – Goldie is now in her box for the remainder of the festival. She hinders me because of her passivity. The jubilation this brings me is indescribable. The words that describe the day were : confused and inspiring. I missed my actual slots because I got my slots mixed up. I sat on the stairs...
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