January 4, 2016

I’m excited to announce that tomorrow night in Tucson, we will celebrate the closing of the Hatchfund campaign with a “work-in-progress” showcase and Tucson’s 1st Tertulia Flamenca (to be moderated by my dear friend and amazing flamenca, Angelina Ramirez)! I’m looking forward to presenting and discussing two new choreographies by award-winning artist, Fanny Ara. I hope you will come and join in the conversation!  

This intimate event is possible because of Tucson Pima Arts Council, because of the support of many dear friends, and because of a few small miracles!!! Just a few days ago, I was informed that the original venue for our event had been sold to a new owner. Discouraged and in the midst of stress, injury, and holiday, I scrambled to find a new space. Then, someone came to the rescue – again! I’m so grateful to Todd Wilson and BreakOut Studios for providing an emergency space for us!!! And I want to take this opportunity to thank Todd for all that he has done. 

I met Todd just a few months ago when Jason and I found ourselves in limbo after closing the Tucson Flamenco Studio at Casa Vicente. Todd’s generosity and openness to flamenco was such a blessing. Because of his kindness, I’ve had a place to rehearse and prepare for Luz. This is huge.

Having a place to move, to experiment, to be alone with music is so central in the creative process, and I'm learning more and more each day it should never be taken for granted. As a mom, I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have “a room of my own” – even for just a couple hours! Todd, I know, understands this and I love that his work, his choreography, is enriched by the place, the space, the beauty of a studio.

I want to share this video of Todd because I think it shows how special an artist and person he is, because it is an inspiration, and because after I watched it the first time, I couldn’t stop saying, “ole.” Space, time, and movement happen exquisitely in this piece. Ole tu! Thank you, Todd! Thank you BreakOut Studios!!! Because of you, my relationship to movement is changing too, and I can tell you that you are certainly giving back to movement. Ole. 

With just one day left for our Hatchfund campaign, I want to also thank EVERYONE who has contributed to and supported the project!!! There is still time to become a contributor! Visit http://www.hatchfund.org/project/luz and hope to see you tomorrow night!

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