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Steppin' Roll : The Upside of Winter Street Sessions

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ABOVE: Streets of Manhattan Winter

The crisp light and air of a dry northeastern winter's day beckons me to don all manner of warm clothing and partake of all manner of painkillers and break out into the streets for a deep session of the dancing and skating hybrid I have dubbed Steppin' Roll.  I truly appreciate the onset of winter because it frees the streets of laggard indecisive pedestrians, recreational skaters or bicyclist and gawkers. In the gift that is winter most pedestrians in the street are trudging in a straight line hurriedly often running to just get back to their warmth and cover. The bikers on the street at say, 15 degrees Fahrenheit, are almost all very experienced and there are veritably no street skaters out. The frigid days of winter also keeps people in their vehicles behind glass eliminating the habit of spewing some unintelligible crap from the open window that would, during summer, sneak into my flow just under my headphone volume level to inform me of their presence.

a peek in the blackbook

blackbook cellphone grabs

ABOVE: My first draft illustration of a useful seated position for a pedestrian crutch user. This depiction of the elbow lo-mid holding position leaves the individual hands free while the nested crutches function as a casual arm rest. This position is especially useful at crowded events such as parties and concerts. It has been my experience that not only will drunk or high people find a way to trip on a crutch tucked into a corner but they are also likely to pick up the crutches and "have a go" at them without asking first. This seated while holding position makes both of those regretable scenarios far less likely. .. more drawings after the jump...

 

STEPPING ROLL : A MUSICAL FORM OF SKATEBOARDING

This is Stepping Roll. I created the root of this form to simply walk long distances while living in Chicago. The skating depicted in this video is me pushing the boundaries of what I am capable of and not an everyday type of activity for me. I do want to get this style on tape and uploaded for the world to enjoy and hopefully adopt. So clik thru for the background info.

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INVISIBLE SERIES #4 - more ranting -

When I create what I would consider "Performance Art" it is a far cry from my dancing that is known all over the world. While the dancing is artistic and performance based, for my purposes its many manifestations loosely fall into overlapping categories of dance, drama, action sports and clowning. I realize when having to write about this latest performance/video installation project that for some gut based reason it is only the really hard to process performance work, the type of performance that leans on the audience, that I would describe without hesitation as "Performance Art." When it comes to real down and dirty "Performance Art", the ART and my life are intertwined so closely that it would be nearly impossible for me to write about or consider them independently.

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ABOVE: Invisible Series #4  NEW ANGLES AND FOOTAGE

HIP SURGERY .. thinking about it

and WITH ALL THE PAIN I AM DEALING WITH .. IT IS STARTING TO LOOK VERY APPEALING.. too bad it typically does not last more than ten years..this is a less bloody example.

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ABOVE: total hip replacement how to video.. dont try this at home and dont try this without good medical insurance and dont try this when you can bear the pain and or limitation of what you were born with.

photo shoot today for promotional image of street performance

Took a very quick run into the streets today to do a promotional photo with a very important photographer to my career. Brian Cummings. it was a rush but we got something in the can. Here are some pics.

ABOVE: Top Rocking old school hand style utilizing Shannon Technique for Dance on Crutches in a saddle to wrist-hi-mid split. photo: Brian Cummings

behind the world famous dance on crutches is a guy surrendering to HELP for other health issues ( we all have them )

ive done more writing on this than i can publish yet.. still cutting away at it. suffice it to say my work is not always uplifiting nor is it always celebratory or funky, sometimes, as in the case of this piece the work is meditiative and almost still. but no matter what the work is i promise you, dear audience, it is always coming from a real place and is an authentic document .

ABOVE: the ringing of the bell  ( composited stills )

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ABOVE: "Invisible Series #4"  9' x 10' x 10'  7 channels sd video synchronous projections, color / stereo

NEW WORK : PERFORMANCE APPLIED VIDEO SCULPTURE

ABOVE: technical assistant and all around great guy Will locking down some rigging and looking as if he is immersed in the work..

well i thought i would do better buti have not posted in ages. been working on a new video sculpture. this work can be used in both live and prerecorded ways. this version is a gallery project so the work will be recorded and compressed for motion triggered looping playback..holoscreens, micro-projectors, lighting, spatial balancing, performance, compression.. etc etc etc.. click through for pics and a blink of a video test. back soon with more writings and work.

More Aerial

ABOVE: "DOGLEG FREEZE",  Shannon Technique 2007, Serbia

I have been writing about this aerial work recently because it is the signature of pace and form in my dancing that I have contributed to the history of aerial choreography via the Cirque Du Soleil mothership of all things aerial.  I feel I must write about my contribution here, in this public way, to preserve for the future the significance and importance of what i have given to Cirque Du Soleil as a "creative."  I fear that if I dont tell my end of the story as the choreographer of the Aerial Strap Act in Varekai performed by The Atherton Twins, Kevin and Andrew Atherton, noone will.

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