On the storied Philly stoop (my apt. myself) on an Aug. Mon morning of heat relief, ignoring a stack of bills and a pressing assignment, but instead just edited the Edge GLBT guide to the 2009 Live Arts – Philly Fringe festival which convenes next week. Many of the usual dance suspects are back, thank the gods, from enforced auditions of ‘Showgirls’ the Musical, just for some desperate money and quality g-strings. Anyway blue skies and dogwalkers (escorted by a triplet of golden bassets and a Portuguese terrier and coming up the rear a dachshund!) make it a fine morning, now back to school early when I want to play hooky. Merde!
Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, so sang uncle Noel and he was certainly right. I certainly do. In fact, I’ve not only been out in this Philly heat, I’ve been running in it. You feel so disgusting physically and so taxed mentally while you are doing it that the rest of the day, you feel cooler. How mad is that?
Speaking of weather, Friday/Sat night 12:27, the rains finally came and I happen to have the windows open to hear the build up. after a long distant thunderous prologue, they crashed and slashed in and I ran outside and stood on the stoop getting soaked in seconds and catching epic lightning and winds lashing the trees. A couple was rushing across the street huddling under a useless umbrella which they finally put down and stood in the middle of the empty street for a kiss. Romance lives!
The juvenile media response to the president’s euphemism as he grappled with characterizing political emotions going into August, during the congressional recess, as “everybody getting wee-weed up.” Obviously a piss elegant way to say ‘pissed off.’
‘a giant’s bud’
Water has inspired Brian Sanders’ work. His virtuosic solo ‘underwater study #5‘ has been performed by several dance companies including Momix and Koresh, a pool figured mythically in ‘Patio Plastico’ and last year he brought splash to hilarious lowbrow depths with ‘Flushdance.’ Now Sanders is more than just splashing around at the desiccated environs of the old Gershman Y Pool on Broad St. (closed down for 2 decades) to create his new acrobatic ballet ‘Urban Scuba.’
The other day, Sanders, naked except for a trash bag merman tail, is still working out some of the pulls himself up out of 3 feet of water on the slope of the deep end of the bottom of the pool, lets out a primordial ooze scream. His three dancers- Lesya Popil, William Robinson and John Luna- have been adapting to the space and have been working to clear out the piles of site debris that has accumulated. Sanders has rigged a network of scaffolding and various harnesses on the perimeter of the pool. They literally had to dig out the pool and had to repair part of the bottom of the pool before they painted it.
Choreographically he incorporates some very aero and hydrodynamic movement for the piece. Sanders was nursing a pulled back, not from some of those demanding steps, but the repetitive motion of painting the bottom of the pool. He performs a conservative run-through to compensate, but at one point he is hyper back bends over the wet body of Luna and has to fight not to slide off.
Sanders calls his company JUNK because he recycles discarded articles into costumes and sets that become custom apparatus for his dances. He engineered a 20-foot curved bar with bicycle wheels on either side that Sanders and Robinson perform dangling feats of daring. Cirque du Soleil, eat your heart out. Luna and Robinson dive-bomb toward Popil at the bottom of the pool on bungee chords that are so taut there is an illusion of speeded reverse motion.
Gay congressman Barney Frank (d-ma) in a face off with a woman comparing President Obama with Hitler. Sen. (wait a minute!wait a minute! wait a minute) Spector, take a lesson.
“On what planet do you reside.”
“You stand there with a picture of the president defaced to look like Hitler and compare the effort to increase health care to the Nazis”
“Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table,”
Another in the seemingly endless Dr. No Republican contradictions in trying to kill health care reform is their argument that 119 million people, given the option will exodus out of private insurance for a cheaper alternative with protections and more comprehensive coverage. Is that the same public option by the same government that can’t run anything right? Would they be the same people who the elephants say don’t want socialized medicine?
from ‘I thought of the universe’
Discovery of expansion
With never a mention of what
Purports into or what or out of or off
spites natural selection
envision a crystaline
of growth but a dreamt image see something
print striations pulse
stem cells probe
questions of inner bodies and the lines late
of black holes only
pose answers to infinited universes.