Highlights from Rehearsal #3

Posted in Art In Motion on February 5, 2011 by insurgostageproject
Answers to Coincidence? Pattern….

patterns are things that we do, coincidences are things that happen to us.

it’s about the meaning we give coincidences

meaning = content+form+context+embodied(subjective experience)

practicality vs emotional intuitiveness –
reason is time based – about your future
emotional reality is also time based – but about your present

The world around us (and ourselves, since ‘there is no inside, there is no outside) is constantly sending us messages in so many ways. coincidences, reason, and emotional reality are just some forms of messages.

and now for something completely different:

“when fact and interpretation make love in a bed of sharpened possibility”

“hope is worn vintage here”

but we’ll find out soon how it is all related…

"coincidences are moments when the universe winks at us"


Coincidence? Pattern.

Posted in Random Musings and Rants - I swear they tie in somehow on February 1, 2011 by insurgostageproject

Maybe they are the same thing, just that one comes from the universe and the other comes from you.

We all know what patterns are. We make them up, so our feet can find the familiar grooves of a path well worn. It’s just easier. Sometimes we get so comfortable with a certain route, it’s all we know for years. And other times, these patterns are fleeting, a detour enjoyed for a brief period. Maybe that detour helps us find a way out. Maybe it’s just a fleeting respite from routine.

Well, if that’s a pattern, then what’s a coincidence? (It’s not important if these things are truly related, by the way. I’m just enjoying considering them side by side, for now.)

A song starts a conversation, and from that, a friendship. Months later, that song shows up again over dinner, drawing hands across tables, and eyes peep out from behind the shadows of quiet longing.

Or maybe that’s not really a coincidence at all, but happenstance. But we all experience coincidences and know what they are when they happen. They are particular. They are stark. Brecht-like, a coincidence announces herself in the middle of the scene and the action stops short, just to watch her go by.

Hmm. Look at that. What a coincidence.

Maybe it’s only a coincidence if you notice it. Yes, that must be it….

So if they only exist if we recognize them, then what do we do now? What meaning do you take from a coincidence when it happens? Maybe this, and not deja vu, is really what  a glitch in the matrix is. An infiltration into your personal consciousness bubble. Proof that there is no space between you and the Universe.  If the following are true:

“There is no outside, there is no inside.”

“The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.”

then coincidences are merely your life pointing to itself. It’s you tapping your foot behind you impatiently, or waving frantically from the depths of a mob. Hey! Over here! Look!

Okay then, I’ll look. Magic. But then what?

From Rehearsal #2

Posted in Art In Motion on February 1, 2011 by insurgostageproject

“There is sometimes a difference between what’s actually happened and your story you tell yourself of what happened.”

Which would you rather: Leave your “baggage” behind, or “Reconcile the past?”

If we aren’t covering up the toxic sludge with rose petals, then what are we doing?

Improv exercise question:

What’s stopping you?

Ensemble’s answers:

Fear of not living up to my potential. taking the first step. not enough money. lack of structure. anger and resentment. everything and nothing.

No need to reinvent the wheel

Posted in Art In Motion on January 30, 2011 by insurgostageproject

Today is rehearsal #2 for the second installment of Art In Motion.  A blank page of “what do we create?” is yawning before me. These first rehearsals are full of promise, but also daunting. Where do we start from? Sure, the show will come from the cast, but how do I get them started? I’ve been puzzling over this all day.

Then, I remember I’ve had this feeling before (it starts with a feeling). In fact, this is always the feeling at the beginning. So no need to reinvent the wheel. Where have I gone from here, before?

Start off broad. Let them in on the big picture, have them ponder all the possibilities. Then, bring it back to the minimal, the mundane. Make it individual. Have them tell a story. A small one.

Auditions: Art In Motion – April 15th

Posted in Art In Motion on January 4, 2011 by insurgostageproject
Insurgo Stage Project seeks dancers, musicians, poets and visual artists for the newest installment of Art In Motion – a collaborative multidisciplinary performance series in Jersey City. 

All ensemble members will be expected to contribute to the creative process and development of the show. Therefore, a collaborative spirit, team-player attitude, and commitment to rehearsals is very important. All ensemble members must be available the weekend of April 15th for performances.

Dancers should have strong technique in modern and experience with improvisation and partnering. Acting and choreographic experience a major plus. Dancers should come ready to move, and may elect to prepare a short (30 second) solo of their own creation, but this is entirely optional.

Poets should have performance experience and a talent for connecting with the audience. Poets should come to the audition with several writing samples, prepared to perform (doesn’t have to be memorized – we want to see what you think your best work is).

Musicians should be comfortable with improvisation, able to create on the spot, and posses stylistic flexibility and dynamics. Musicians should bring their instrument of choice to the audition.

Visual Artists should be able to focus their work on being interactive, relative, and communicative with the other mediums. Artists should also be willing to be performative about their art. Experience/willingness to create live work during a performance is a plus.

Auditions are January 19th @ 9pm – 11pm at the Grassroots Community Space, 54 Coles St, Jersey City, NJ.

Please bring resume (headshot if applicable) and come ready to create! The audition will be an open rehearsal with all artists, and will consist of various improvisational exercises and short assignments.
Please email avianna@insurgo.org to register for the audition.
Call Backs will be January 20th @ 9-11pm.

Art In Motion – 10/15/10

Posted in Art In Motion on November 22, 2010 by insurgostageproject

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FREE – 6/25/2010

Posted in Past Performances on November 21, 2010 by insurgostageproject

@ Creative Grove Under Siege (Sirelo Entertainment)
Grove Street Path Station, Jersey City, NJ

In celebration of Independence Day, Insurgo Stage Project presented “FREE” – an improvisational movement-based investigation into the concept of freedom.

What makes you feel stuck? What makes you feel free?



Photos by Jasper Lin and Sirelo Entertainment