Walks, Runs, and Stumbles Down Memory Lane

So, back to the retrospectives!

I took a couple of weeks off, from writing these, to deal with this summer’s 2014 Repertory Concert and the PTDW’s two week Dance Intensive. Now, I’ve had two weeks without any teaching or performances to get ready for the upcoming season, and a great deal of it has been spent organizing files and looking back at the past. Apparently I have actually thrown very little away, it was just packed and stored in various boxes. Also…So exciting…We do have video of many of those earlier performances! (And, as I suspected, it has been pretty humbling to watch a lot of the early work.)

Board Member Linda Clevenger was hugely helpful with her idea to photograph the “ephemera” associated with each of the concerts… You have to love technology when it works! I now have programs, posters and some other photographs to share with you!

MemoryLane

One of the most striking things, for me, is how very rudimentary the technology was then. Posters were cut and pasted, programs were typed on my long lasting college typewriter and copied at Kinkos. I have to wonder where the technology will be in another 30 years.

Here’s a poster and program from our first concert in Davis, February 1985, I Don’t Believe We’ve Met. Performing with my dancers and myself, were Greg Halloran who was teaching at the Dance Workshop at that time and running a jazz company called Flexed Feat. Another dancer who also taught ballet at the studio was Stephanie Hannapel. She had recently come from Puerto Rico, where she had danced in a company there.

Poster for the first Davis concert: February 1985... Looking at it, I have to wonder... where is the date? Where is the time? Where will the concert be held? It's true that Davis was much smaller then but really...
Poster for the first Davis concert: February 1985… Looking at it, I have to wonder… where is the date? Where is the time? Where will the concert be held? It’s true that Davis was much smaller then but really…
And yes, you have to love the very dated look of a typewriter. It certainly makes one appreciate not having to use eraser ribbon or white out or having to simply throw a piece of paper out and start all over again if there were too many mistakes!
And yes, you have to love the very dated look of a typewriter. It certainly makes one appreciate not having to use eraser ribbon or white out or having to simply throw a piece of paper out and start all over again if there were too many mistakes!
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