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Improvisation @ Mark Morris Dance Center

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"...not scared of time & humor" 

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"...this class is the most important aspect of my life here in Brooklyn." 

-class-taker  

The Lovelies are a compositional improvisation dance company. We show up and pay attention.  What we do in the studios we take to the streets and beyond.  We laugh, we laugh so hard we cry, and we do it in the moment. We practice telling the truth in the midst of the awkward, the dramatic, the comical and the gems it all reveals. 

The Lovelies have been exploring the possibilities of compositional improvisation since 2013. We have had the honor of being presented at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, The Tank, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Shapeshifter Lab, in breweries, salons, parks, hotels and many other theatres and site-specific locations.

The Lovelies teach compositional improvisation at Mark Morris Dance Center and the Joffrey Ballet School and present a space residency and split bill series called The Lovelies Present: Slice & Dice. 

April 12, 2019

“A future that is so universal should be anything but controversial. There is no rehearsal, the time is now now now.”- Amanda Gorman

Calling on the individual. On the ensemble.

Do I believe we can build a cross-issue, multi-faith, multiracial movement to achieve true environmental justice?

I most certainly do.

It's already happening. But It will require us to all show up in a multitude of ways.  To wake up to the urgency of now. This moment. Tuning in...

April 4, 2019

Pause. 

There is so much I want to say. So much I want to do. So much I NEED to do. That WE NEED to do. So many humans I want to wake up. Movements I want to build. Species I want to salvage.  Seasons I want to cherish. Ecosystems I want to hold on to.  Reparations I want to make. Relationships I want to save. Relationships I need to end.  Commitments I need to rethink and boundaries I need to create. Expectations that I ......

March 16, 2019

There’s a life-saving and also terrifying aspect of improvisation that I return to – especially when I feel lost in the dance, my choices, my relationships.

Start again.

Whether it’s to re-invest in what’s already there, or rip the sheet from the notebook and stare into an empty page:

Start again.

It’s a ubiquitous mantra – for all aspects of my life (the dances, the choices, the relationships) – and thank The People, I have it when I need it, for tho...

February 3, 2019

What do I write in this freaking blog?!?!

My thoughts... My thoughts are chaos right now. They are made up of ridiculous ideas around myself consumed by my incapabilities. Then the next second how I'm so great and I make good choices. Then another millisecond later I'm trying to notice nuances and realizing that obviously there are different stories I can tell myself about the same outcome. 

How does this relate to the work? Just notice the sto...

December 8, 2018

Let's talk feedback loops. YES LET's!!

In order for an ecosystem to survive, a healthy feedback loop is essential. The voter feedback loop is the bedrock of democracy.  Feedback loops regulate a system. And when feedback is not taken into account, when feedback is continually ignored, the system starts to fray. 

Zoom out for a moment and we see this happening in many areas: The #MeToo movement. Voter Suppression. Systemic racism. CLIMATE CHANGE...

November 23, 2018

Appreciation leads to Devotion

As Americans, we know democracy is messy. Making choices together often involves hours of discourse, followed up with hours of putting what you've discussed into practice. Sometimes we agree, sometimes we are left with things unresolved or undiscussed, but we always remain hopeful that empathy and negotiation can lead us to richer work. Passions of the environment and social issues regularly inspire us, which is why w...

October 7, 2018

The amazing Jennifer Kayle, AGA Collaborative, and The Lovelies doing set moves...oh my! Help us turn 5  - 5 years of art-making together - with champagne, dance and music to make your Sunday perfect. 

September 30, 2018

The multi-faceted, yet highly-simplistic, 4-fold way. 

As much research as I do, sometimes analysis and logic must reveal themselves when they will, not necessarily when I want them to.

Having JK in town is wild. She’s wild. Her style of teaching, performing, choreographing, loving, all seems to come from this place of abandon.

Free fall. Hurl and thrust. Passion. 

Yet there’s years of chops, experience, experimentation, fact, analysis and logic that...

July 30, 2018


I recently tore my ACL this spring, but technically I didn't sew it. (thanks Dr. Rose!) There's a lot of picking yourself up and putting back together involved in any recovery. Self care is a big part of it. There's a lot of giving yourself enough time to rest and recover, but not too long to spiral down the long list of things you can't do, since it is now longer than the list of things you can do. So I've focused on what I can work with. I can...

June 28, 2018

Today is chaos. Yesterday was chaos. And the day before and the weeks before. 

I am finished watching the implosion of what I took for granted, things I thought were etched in stone fall apart when the consequences are so far reaching. I have to find another way to be with what's happening in this world so that I can support the change this world so desperately needs. 

I was fortunate enough to spend last week at MICI, a Movement Inte...

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