Thursday, May 31, 2007
We've been having a lot of fun with our photos, manipulating color and all that jazz. Soren is making "music" with a tin race car right now. That is his favorite thing to say when he is making loud noises. Yesterday we had rehearsal together for the first time and Soren was such a joy in class. His excitement was delightful and he loved practicing his dance steps. He has this really deep laugh when he is overjoyed with something and it is so wonderful to hear. Before it was his turn to dance he kept wanting to run out and get down with the big kids. The piece is becoming more and more meaningful with each rehearsal. It will be in honor of refugee week here in Glasgow and many of the participants are asylum seekers with difficult situations. I have met some truly beautiful women. The children involved are so cute and committed and I'm so glad we can be a part of this performance. Some of the vocal parts with the movement will be very moving because of the nature of their experiences here. Themes of feeling alone, separated, rejected, yet hopeful and enduring will be felt.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Jason is working on his PhD at the University of Glasgow in Buddhist Ethics. He has about 2 and a half years left (maybe more) and so for now we are settled. I've been dancing a lot lately and will start teaching in June. This month I started dancing in 2 projects and have loved it. The first piece was performed and filmed at the Che Camille, a really hip studio that represents designers and artists. Such a cool place. The project was a film, dance, theatre collaboration about women and their connection to women of the past. Thus, the name "Threads." We danced about mythology and the realities of women. . .their struggle to find a sacred space in modern society. Breath was also a underlining theme and how we all breath the same air. It connects us and gives life. As we discussed the project, I found many parallels to my life right now and how I'm working on a balance. . . what my family needs and what I need. . . what is my role as a mom, a woman, a wife, a human. I had a wonderful time. I'll post a link to the film when it is completed.
The set was made of all sorts of string, yarn, nets, etc. and became this installation art that was so cool to look at , dance through and think about. The photos above are of the set and space.
I loved having my mom here are already miss her! We traveled a lot and even threw a party for Soren's 2nd Birthday. He had a darling Thomas Cake and the cutest friends over to celebrate. My mom help with all the stuff and I was so happy she could be here for it. Moms are a wonderful thing.
We have been in Scotland for almost 6 months now and things are going well. It's still rainy with occasional sun that keeps us going. Pat and Jim (Jason's parents) will be coming in August for 2 weeks and we will be going to Paris for a few days. Hopefully my dad will be coming to visit in July sometime, as well. Soren loves seeing his grandparents and it seems that he is entertained 24-7.
We live about 5-10 min. from two wonderful museums--the Kelvingrove Museum and the Museum of Transport. Soren loves both! Everyday at the Kelvingrove Museum they have live organ music and it is so lovely! The first time I heard it I was not expecting it and I got a bit choked up.