Saturday, April 28, 2012

Le Cirque des Rêves

I've been asking everyone for some summer reading lists/favorite books, and I thought I'd give a couple suggestions through out this week. Starting NOW:

Everyone, please immediately read Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. If you love a good fairy tale, you will definitely find a place on your book shelf for this novel. I have been reading and re-reading this book all semester, wearing out the UofU's copy till I had to buy my own.

I'll keep posting my favorite books. I'm still interested in hearing about your faves.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Book suggestions???

I need to pick up some summer reading. A trip to the local library/bookstore/ is the order of the day!

Please friends, leave me a comment of what your suggestions are. Gimme book titles of your favorite reads. No judgements, I just want to READ.

I have a great deal of traveling to do in the next two months, and I need something to pass the time on the ten hour (+) plane ride to Berlin, Germany to perform with the Performing Dance Company (Woot! I'm still dancing in Eric Handman's piece Torch), and the much less strenuous jaunt to Atlanta, GA for my brother-in-law's wedding (high fives to Mike and Kelly!).

Marc Jacobs

Why do I find these Marc Johns prints so funny? Not even like a laugh out loud funny... more like a giggle to myself and sheepishly hope no one saw that in the computer lab type funny. I think Marc Johns would be a good person to talk to sometime. Just sit back and have him explain the world through his perspective. Enjoy:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Well, I guess Summer is here...

Dear 80 degree weather,

What happened to spring? WHAT DID YOU DO WITH SPRING?

I'm not completely complaining...

Monday, April 23, 2012

Clearly Obsessed: Clothes

I wish I could dress cool every day, and not like some kind vagabond. It's a well known fact that dancers FOR THE MOST PART dress like the homeless. Sweats on top of sweats on top of 4 other layers of ripped up and sweat-stained articles of clothing, all picked out of the lost and found (in class, you always run the risk of standing next to the original owner of your leotard). If I didn't hobo it up every day of my life this would be my week:


Teenage Kicks VIA

Axes Femme VIA

Charlotte Gainsbourg photographed by Craig McDean


the gorgeous the fabulous Gala Darling 

Rosie Tupper - Katie Ermilio Fall 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom, and location location location.

When meeting strangers, do you organize your introduction into very  specific, unique, and interesting characteristics? Do you know waht you "Rushmore" is? Love Wes Anderson movies and (like me)are counting down the days till Moonrise Kingdom? Click on this link:

Watch an Exclusive Clip From Wes Anderson’s New Movie, Moonrise Kingdom... "and narrator Bob Balaban will tell you everything you need to know about the unique location of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom"


Friday, April 20, 2012

The Absurdist's Marie Antoinette

I'm pretty obsessed with all things French. I believe the correct term is Francophile. I especially love the gorgeous tragedy of the French Revolution... I admit to making snarky bastille jokes when I A) see piles of junk or B) any time I walk into a furniture store: "There's enough chairs here to build the Bastille"... I'll be here all night. Plus, what self-respecting theater kid HASN'T seen at least 4 different high school musical versions of Les Mis? 

I'm pretty taken with Marie Antoinette. That poor thing.
Here is my tribute. The Absurdist's version of Marie Antoinette.
Dear Marie, I'm pretty sure you'd like what we've done with your memory. Frivolous and unnecessary. But you'd like it just the same.

Xiao Wen Ju, Anais Pouliot and Frida Gustavsson photographed by Tim Walker for Vogue, May 2012 VIA

Wild fox Coutoure 2011 Spring Lookbook
"The Untold Story of Miss Antoinette and Her Sister"

VooDoooDolly VIA

lexander McQueen Fall Winter 2006 VIA
Uptown and Down, shot by Mario Testino for V . VIA


I've been itching to watch this movie, but never have gotten around to it. This has been in my system for over three years now. Heads will roll (see what I did there?? I'm ashamed of this pun, though it delights me) if I don't get my hands on this film soon. Anyone want to lend me a copy?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Puttin' on the Ritz.

I don't know what is wrong with me, but it seems like I start crying every time I'm exceptionally happy lately. NO, it's not that. Anyways... I starting bawling while watching this flash mob video, and I COUDN'T STOP. Something about massive groups of happy people dancing together really gets me going. That and commercials with old people or adorable children. Don't even try to get together the deadly combination of the three... the waterworks are flowin' just thinking about it.

Doppelgänger much?

Katie B. has told me that I look like Regina S. I'm very okay with that.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

So... it was ACDF a couple weeks ago...

Part of me is a complete and total snob.  My other parts are quite lovely, but I do have that ever-present snobbery.  This tragically becomes my most predominate feature during dance concerts (oh, the woes and problems of the first world!).  90% of the choreography I’ve seen has ultimately been thoroughly boring and a complete waste of time.  I support my art form; I just wish watching dance performances weren’t always a complete gamble (will I fall in love or fall asleep?).  To me, I believe that not only should the dance be thought provoking and aesthetically pleasing, but it also needs to entertain.  I am not saying that the piece should be the equivalent of a “So You Think You Can Dance”dance, which is basically two minutes of tricks, schmaltz, and then more tricks.  What I am saying, to whoever will listen, is: be more thoughtful.  Use that bright mind to create something that includes all the dancing chops needed, but also let it include personalized artistic nuance... and for goodness sake, please let it be entertaining.

(photos VIA and VIA)