First Friday Performance
A new year is a good time to look back fondly on the memories past and ahead to the possibilities that await in the future. We are one month away from our third First Friday performance and each of these gives us a chance to create new work in an unconventional space while connecting to a wider audience range.
We recently had the pleasure of performing as a part of a group dance collaboration at the Zuzi! Theater in Tucson, AZ titled “4”. MAC & Company joined Zuzi!, ConDanza, and recent U of A graduate Danielle Lydia Sheather to produce a two night evening length concert. Each group was allotted 20 minutes of work and MAC brought five works, “Pourin’ A Cup”, “You See Me”, “Entombed” (2nd Movement), “Butterflies in a Whale’s Mouth”, and a brand new work “Run Prey”.
Officially a 501(c)(3) Public Charity
We are pleased to announce that MAC & Company is officially a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity! Long hours were spent filing paperwork, awaiting processing, publishing documents, paying for applications, and meetings with a lawyer and accountant, all of which have finally resulted in our federal tax exempt status and we are thrilled to have received. Not only does this mean that donors now can make tax deductible donations, but we can now apply for corporate donations, sponsorships and grants.
Hungry Torsos - Can I make a dance piece about halved zombie carcasses
Birthday & Birth of a New Work
MAC & Company officially turned one in August! We can't believe over a year has gone by since we first started this adventure. We began with three dancers at our very first rehearsal and now have nine dancers. We produced an evening length show, as well as a site-specific First Friday performance, have traveled to another state to perform in a festival, and in various dance shows in the Phoenix area. It's has been quite a journey and having such wonderfully dedicated dancers, musicians, and a composer to work with has made MAC & Company a reality.
To begin my research I had to plan out the two different collaborative performances that were presented to the audience. The first music and dance work presented was based on the theory of Merce Cunningham and John Cage where music and dance can be shown in the same time and space but be created independently from one another, having no relation other than that they start and end at the same time.
We have started work on a new piece. I'm torn between two titles for the work and am testing both out to see which is more suited once the work is finished. This new piece will be a trio of dances that has an element of being bound together by a rope. Each of the three movements will have a different mood reflected by the rope usage, but will all revolve around being trapped to something or someone.
This past weekend we were able to perform at the ZUZI! "No Frills" dance showcase in Tucson. It was a wonderful experience to be able to get to know some of the dancers in Tucson and to perform for such a receptive audience. We had a great time bonding as a company as well in our trip down south in a super spacious mini-van.
Choreographers & Composers
There have been many choreographer and composer collaborative projects throughout history; most notable are the collaborations of Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) and John Cage (1912-1992), and that of George Balanchine (1904-1983) and Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971).
Dance & Music
Being both a musician and a dancer, I have constantly been interested in my commitment to both disciplines, as well as the relationship between the two. I became interested in researching the different processes that have been utilized in collaborative efforts between choreographers and composers.
Inspiration for ‘Interactions’
We recently had our first showing of our first work as a company and we thought it might be fun for this blog to discuss our inspiration behind the piece ‘Interactions.’ We started with three images that we drew using three different ink shades on paper.
Behind the Scenes of 'Footwork'
Have you ever wondered how choreographers make up dance material? As part of our blog series we will go inside the mind of the choreographer and discuss what inspires us to choreograph and how we put the material together to make a piece. With our ‘dance for the camera’ piece ‘Footwork’ we wanted to play with the idea of just looking at feet and the difference between pedestrian footwork and dance vocabulary footwork.
Up & Dancing
Welcome to our website and our blog! We are so excited to have not only our dance company “up & dancing” but also our website. We want to send a BIG thank you to our CTO for designing and coding our entire site in such a short time. MAC is definitely proud of the way this site turned out and hopes you will agree.