Project Announcement: Show & Tell

My theatre company, Xua Xua Productions, is about to launch an event that I am incredibly excited about – Show & Tell.

It’s just what you think it is – bring an object that matters to you, and tell its story! The event will become a bi-monthly community storytelling adventure, starting Tuesday, November 20th at Cocoanymph East (4 W 7th Ave @ Ontario). Come share a piece of your story!

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Project Announcement: Swallows and Amazons

Once again I get to do my most favourite thing in the world: make up dances and make other people do them. I’ll be doing the choreography for Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of Swallows & Amazons by Helen Edmundson (one of the better playwrights I’ve ever encountered, no less!)

Playing March 8-23 at the MEI Auditorium in Abbotsford

When John, Susan, Titty and Roger are granted their wish to camp on an island, they eagerly look forward to a summer full of adventure and fun. Fueled by their imagination and a desire for new experiences, they set sail in their trusty boat, Swallow. When they meet Nancy & Peggy, the self-proclaimed Amazon pirates, and the cantankerous Captain Flint, their adventure turns in an entirely new and exciting direction. This Canadian amateur premier promises to be a delightful theatre experience for adventurers of all ages.

More info.

This Week at PT: Wittenberg

In what is probably the quickest turnaround in Pacific Theatre’s history, we closed The Spitfire Grill on Saturday night and are opening a staged reading of Wittenberg this Wednesday. Quick-moving, that’s what we are.

I am pretty excited for this one, as it can be summed up with a few words: Hamlet, Martin Luther, and Dr. Faustus walk into a bar, and the rest is history… sort of.

Moving On

The places life takes you are often different than we expect. We all know examples of this.

About two and a half years ago, at a party, a friend was telling me about his new venture in life: teaching yoga. Off-handedly he mentioned that he thought I’d be good at it, and for the first time ever I thought seriously about the idea. I loved yoga, after all, and truly believed it would enrich other peoples’ lives.

A year later I was in the midst of my teacher training. Not long after that I met with the managers of BCIT’s rec program and got set up to teach in the Fall.

Now, a year after that, I’ve realized I won’t be going back. Some life-type circumstances have come up, and it looks like I win’t be teaching in a regular class environment for a little while.

It’s sad to say goodbye. There are a lot if things I loved about teaching at BCIT, including a great crew of students who I got to know well over the course of the year.

I’ll miss everyone there a lot, but it’s really awesome to know I’m following the new path my life is taking. Who knows where it will go, but I know that yoga will always be a part of it, as well as theatre. Aside from that, all I’ve got is some adventure ahead.

Stay tuned!

Dedication

I recently read a post on Seth Godin’s blog about the joy of the dedication page when writing a book. As a reader, I’ve never paid all that much attention to the dedication page unless the author has done something interesting with it, but of course for the author it’s a whole different thing. As Godin says, “Even if the person you’ve dedicated the book to can’t read it, the writer benefits from the knowledge that a connection was made and that a memory was preserved.”

That’s pretty powerful stuff.

He points out that any project can be dedicated, and that once we start dedicating our projects to the people that inspire us it changes the quality of our work completely.

I don’t know about you, but I like this idea. I want to dedicate my work, make it about more than just me. Heck, that might even help me get enough meaning out of my various projects that I wouldn’t need to have quite so many of them on the go at once.