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Young Jean Lee! Young Jean Lee! Young Jean Lee!


Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show comes to the Walker this weekend! Raise the alarm! Sound the call! Gather the masses!

Seriously, Mad King Thomas has been excited for this show ever since, oh, what? Six months ago? A year ago? Whenever the promo came out and we saw those three little words: Young Jean Lee. We marked our calendars, we speculated about how early we could get tickets, we planned holiday vacations around it.

Money, More Money, and asking for it

So, I haven't blogged in a LONG TIME. I've tried... I have several half-written entries, and even more in my head. I want to, and somehow, it's hard to find the time, make it happen, get it right. But today, today it's easy! Why? Because I already wrote this e-mail last night to our entire e-mail list, and now I'm gonna be lazy and just post it again for the world.  Voila!

Hopes & Dreams & Money (one of these things is not like the other)

Here’s the deal. Mad King Thomas is working our three asses off to TOUR OUR DANCES next year. Target cities are Albuquerque, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland (in order of likelihood).  We chose these cities for a lot of reasons, but mostly because they won’t have four feet of snow (sorry, Duluth.)

Jérôme Bel

Tonight or tomorrow, go see Cédric Andrieux, by Jérôme Bel, at the Walker.  I saw Bel’s The Show Must Go On in 2004.  The room was crackling with an intensity I’ve almost never felt watching a performance. People danced in the aisles! At a serious dance show! suggests too that pain is brief.

It is okay to be goofy, it is okay to be funny. Tears are good but they are always archival, they pull us back and down, they mourn, they seek to repeat, but laughter throws us forward, levity raises us, the body opens. Laughter is always unruly. The goofy is the body's blooming in the mind. Let us laugh so hard we disrupt the tragedy! It's hard to think when we laugh and that is one reason, once it was invented, we could not live without it. It is a way of sleeping while feeling intensely awake. The body is jostling itself into rejuvenation. ...

All Sparkles, No Heart ... a last, dying gasp

I can’t believe we’re already three weeks out from All Sparkles, No Heart.  I don’t get to see any of our cast members on a twice-weekly basis, I don’t have to worry about gold lamé fitting anyone.  It was a big glittery fiction, and now it's gone.

Mad King Thomas and the All Sparkles!

You may know by now about this thing we're doing, this epic undertaking that makes me cranky when I'm not working on it and happy when I am.  We might have mentioned it.  It's happening in a little less than two weeks (oh shit oh shit oh shit oh shit oh shit).

Re: Government shutdown. Love Hennepin County Economic Assist.


At the time we mailed this notice [June 12, 2011], the state did not have an approved budget. This is information about what may happen to your benefits if state government shuts down on July 1, 2011.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE BENEFITS. Without a state budget, we may not be able to pay for all health care services. You may have trouble getting health care serviece.

The real problem with making dance

We want extravagance. We want 80 pairs of shoes and dead fish and Astroturf.  We want to waste less. We want 400 people. We want to be paid. We want to save the world. We want the world to be worth saving.  We want to speak with our bodies. We want to sing a song our voices won't reach. We want mystery.

I want to ride my bicycle!

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