Saturday, May 30, 2009

First Day in India

In Bangalore I'm staying with Jackson and Arzu in Arzu's childhood home. It's a highly stylized ongoing work in progress as both Arzu's parents are architects. Pictured below is a view of part of the house from one of the garden lined rooftops.

The food is incredible and everyone thinks it's funny when I turn bright red from the spices.
Last night we went to a solo Odissi dance performance by a 12 year old girl who studies under the same dance teacher as Arzu. Pictured below is a flower design from the floor in the lobby of the dance performance.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

RIP: Augusto Boal

Augusto Boal died this past Saturday at the age of 78 of leukemia. In his life he gave birth to Theater of the Oppressed and The Rainbow of Desire. Boal’s work has been foundational for me as an artist. I was fortunate enough to train with him for a week when I was 20 years old. I regularly use Boal methods in my practice as do thousands of practitioners around the world. His work lives on though us, and his spirit is present in all dramatic acts of human liberation.

"Sometimes the situation is not socially very clear, very concrete and [yet is] very stereotyped, very ritualized. And it is also the question of feeling, the question of emotion—it is very difficult to say who is oppressing who, because the other one can be oppressed too. So that’s why those techniques were developed in which you don’t really try to find the oppressor or the oppressed, but you try to understand the situation between one person and another." Augusto Boal from an Interview

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Act Up at BART

Act Up performs an Oscar Grant piece May 1st 2009, at Fruitvale BART where Grant was murdered.