We are honored to have the spirit of our Compression events captured so well by Jeremy Dunn. He helps us accomplish our mission to spread the culture of Burning Man beyond Black Rock City, and to activate community arts in remote places. Thank you, Jeremy.
So, have I mentioned lately how very fortunate I am to be surrounded by loving, artistic, amazing, talented individuals who share their talents with me and mine without regard to compensation, but just for love of the art?
Well, let me tell you a little story about Doug. I’ve known Doug more than a decade now, we volunteer together in the madhouse that becomes the Reno Jazz Festival. I can’t imagine my life not volunteering for this amazing festival, that showcases everything that’s right and awesome about talented young musicians and guess what?!? The Jazz Festival will be 50 this year!! Anyway, I digress…but Doug and I have been through some stuff. He’s a great friend! This year, a couple days before Compression, color me surprised when I get this email from Doug asking what he has to do to bring a video camera down to our little soiree. The day of the festival comes, he finds me, and the magic begins…this is what Doug and his friend Rick Healy did:
Good God, I am a lucky woman to know people like this. Not to mention Doug’s just a great all around guy =) Love ya, Man…thanks again!
This is my self-indulgent post where I thank everyone and their dog and I get to do that because we just had an awesome day, an awesome event, and I am blessed to know and be able to collaborate with some of the most amazing people on the planet, I am convinced!
The day was hot, but we didn’t break 100 degrees this year, so I feel very blessed. We had not as much wind, no lightening, no freak rainstorms, it was a perfect day!!
We were lucky enough to have been contacted about doing a live remote on the site Friday morning. Members of Controlled Burn, Le Cirque Vagabond, and eNVision Performing Arts showed up on the plaza at 4:30 am (!!!!!) to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Mariana Jacob from KOLO was very nice and even fired off Dave’s handheld propane shooter! You can find the story here:
Then, we were unbelievably gifted to get amazing coverage on channel 2 the day of the event. That video is here:
What can I say about how wonderful this day was for me?!? Once again, Controlled Burn showed up and kicked it in to high gear. We were worried about having everything placed and feeling rushed this year, so we started at 7am instead of 9am. I left the plaza about 2:15am.
We filled the plaza with people this year, Grin and the fire art artists really kicked it up a notch again and I am eternally grateful for Grin and his help. I’d also like to send a shout out to Bobnoxious, Grin, Rebecca “Sage”, Justin, Jungle Jim, Dale and the Red Rooster, the Trojan Horse crew and anyone in that area I may have forgotten…you made that area your own and it was amazing! I hope you enjoyed it half as much as it looked like ya did, it just seemed “right” this year =)
Photo by Bill Kositzky
Lauren is the best vendor coordinator a girl could ask for. Donna was the mistress of organization, as the volunteer coordinator; she kept everyone’s schedules straight, gave them their t-shirts and moved them around if it was needed. From the performance aspect, Lucky was an amazing MC again, Mark Simon ROCKED the sound this year, and it was great to see old friends and new performing for our fair city…
David Hirshman and John Mariotti, you rocked the martial arts, Vulcan Crew and my friend Lisa Rizzoli, thanks for doing the playshops and sharing your love of your tools with the next generation. I LOVED seeing so many kids on the stage, giving it a go! Dragonfly Aerials, I hope you enjoyed yourselves! You always look so graceful, and yet powerful flying through the air, and Chels, I hope even though you couldn’t perform, you had a great time being an audience member, I think it’s wonderful that you got to do that.
My hipSwitch sisters, I love you more than words can say! Deeta and Mi Amore, your new group was very well received and your piece was super cute. Asha, you are always so awesome, and seeing itty bitty Holly doing Baby Got Back made my day =)
Boys and Girls Club and Kyle, I hope you will come out and dance for us again! I am sorry the stage was so hot, but not sure what I can do about that…
Amy and Unmata, I idolize you all for so many different reasons…your passion, your athleticism, your candor, your skills. I hope to see you some more this Summer before Burning Man! I didn’t think I could admire you more, but you took my breath away this weekend.
Changez Dance Crew, I wish I could have talked to you more, but hope you will come back. I got great feedback about how fun your piece was and I hope we can do it again!
Le Cirque Vagabond…Mr. Ben. I can’t wait until I can say one day “Ben performed at MY festival before he hit it big”….and I hope you will consider doing so again. From the early morning TV spot, to the theme, I adored everything you did. You are seriously altered the quality of performance arts in Reno just by being who you are and bringing what you do. I want to work with you more!
Aaron and all the eNVision kids…this can’t be the end. We have to find a way for this to still exist because it’s worthwhile, you guys kick ass and damnit, you deserve it! I sent you an email today, please stay in touch, I will help if I can!!
Vulcan Crew, it was great getting to hang with you guys for a bit. You are what we aspire to be skill-wise! Let’s do it again! How about in about a month?!? hahahaha. Thanks for being there again, and for filling the gap. I feel honored that quality did not suffer because another group chose to be a chooch. THANK YOU!
Obsidian Butterfly, you guys were amazing! I hope more of your group can come next time! It was great to see you, and we hope you enjoyed yourselves!
Dave King and that liquid shooter? AWESOME! You got some serious hang time this year, dude, I am just glad and feel honored that you still like doing this. Let’s do it again!!
Shelley Pinemom and family and Chef Tony, we would surely have dropped before we collectively performed had it not been for the amazing and succulent surprises you fed us all day. Fresh fruit and yogurt in the morning? Perfect! Wraps for lunch? Light and just what we needed and TACO BAR?!?! HOLY CRAP WAS THAT GOOD!! Thanks for raising the bar higher than I had any right to hope for Tony, I hope you will consider playing with us again =)
My family…where would I be without you? Joyous, Bri, Dan, and Junior…thanks for being patient while I was a crazy woman the last few weeks between logistics, planning and last minute details, feeding and taking care of the animals when I couldn’t dealing with my crankiness, and still having enough love left for me to work the event! I have the best family EVER! We might be small, but man, are we mighty! Yay, us!
Okay, my self-indulgence for this year is over, but the warm and fuzzy remains.
At times like this, I feel like the luckiest girl alive!
Welcome to today’s edition of “Gemini’s self-indulgence” =). I am going to talk, very personally, about a couple of groups that are coming to Compression this year, and how they got there….and GO:
I am truly honored that Unmata is going to be with us this year! There were members of Unmata with us last year, and Verbatim the year before, but this year, Ms. Sigil is coming, WITH Unmata, AND, she’s teaching workshops on Sunday, after the festival! AND, for Compression, they are doing bellydance AND fire sets! woot!
Now, we are going to take a journey in the way back machine….back in 2008, Unmata and crew invited Controlled Burn to participate in their large Fall show, the Blood Moon Regale, where they always have a fire performance the Friday before the big show. Man, did we have fun! So much so that we went the next year too. We haven’t been back in a couple years, but always appreciate the hospitality and feel-good vibe we get from Hot Pot….then, this last December, because of a break with SEEDS, I was able to travel to Hot Pot for a few weeks and take classes. Again, and A-MAZING experience. It was great getting to be a part of that. We saw Amy and crew just this last weekend at Amy’s birthday bash and Hot Pot’s Spring student showcase. They do this piece that makes me cry every time I see it. Maybe you will get to see it too….it’s centered around “Fashion”, but probably not what you think. Here’s their performance of it at Tribal Fest last year:
Oh yeah, and if you want to experience Ms. Sigil’s awesome teaching style, go to the Asha World Dancer page HERE to register for her workshops!
AND….another amazing experience for me. So, many of you know that I have a second job at “Lawlor Events Center” doing event services. A little while ago, I worked a dance competition and saw some pretty amazing hip hop. This is something I’ve seen before on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew”, but hadn’t ever really seen it in person. There was this one group, from the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, and they were super good. They had all the things that appeal to me…they were a diverse group, their routine was super tight, and they looked like they were having fun! So, I contacted them at a later time, and they are going to come and play with us at Compression too! I think this will be an amazing and beneficial partnership, and I hope they enjoy it!
That’s it for now, today is definitely a “cloud nine” day, as I contemplate how awesome the festival is going to be this year!
It’s getting close! I am SO excited! I have a lot of updating to do, so will post another post once I have that done…but the support we are receiving has been absolutely amazing!
Airing until the event, Strictly Diversified has helped Controlled Burn Produce a kick ass video commercial for our event! Special thanks to Lauren Gifford for voice work and Mac Kaul, Controlled Burn’s Marketing Director, for bringing this project together!
Check it out:
We are super jazzed to work with such awesome people! This spot begins running on July 11 until the event.