performance marathons

Teatro Natura performance
late night conversations in Valhalla

packed festival days continue! after giving my own presentation yesterday, as well as helping with projection for gabi's show earlier in the day & eva's show the night before, i'm having a quiet day today to upload & offload rather than try to take more in.

Transit 6: Women on the Periphery

helen's image about
helen's image about
helen's image about

another full day at Transit - trying to get an early night but already it's half past midnight. dawn (pictured resplendent at the bar, below) is now horizontal, while madeline has returned from her bar shift & we are discussing the performances from this evening. i can't discuss & write at the same time ... more later ...

Transit 6 - Theatre - Women - Periphery

The festival has been going for a few days of workshops but this evening was the formal opening for the presentations and performances. I have tried to capture the essence of Julia Varley's opening address below:

A step to record

I have been looking at the lovely and relentlessly-reminding-me scroll of things I said I wanted to do to develop - and am keen to record one of the steps taken. I found another place to tell a tale, to perform. Work! amazingly, and even through a meeting request had to be sent and a meeting room booked, it worked. I told a variation of the Sunday Afternoon Drive tale I shared at the Gathering. to a tiny group of three women. AND I have made another appt to tell another next month. actually, this one is more than a step, it's a surge!
How does any one else go?

Tranist 6: Women on the Periphery

I am in Holstebro, Denmark at Odin Teatret for the 6th Transit International Festival of Women's Performance. Organised by Julia Varley approximately every 3 years since 1992, the Transit Festival is a highlight of the Magdalena calendar. It's a great coming-together of women theatre makers from all over the world, for an intense period of workshops, work-in-progress showings, discussions, performances and of course a lot of great conversations over good food & drink : )

art criticism is not a democracy

Tonight I read a piece from the Guardian called this. "Art criticism is not a democracy" - hmmm.
"You might think it's arrogance or snobbery that leads me to criticise a work of art, and maybe it is – but I'm still right," says Jonathan Jones.
His thoughts are interesting, as are some of the comments. Are critics born not made as he suggests? Is being brutal the right way to review new art?
Here's a reader's comment:

The newsletter begins its journey...

Riddiford Street bustles by
Folding newsletters
Mirror muse

The paper newsletter has started its journey to your place (if you are on the mailing list of course).
Folded and enveloped in the delightful salon space of ReDunn Fashion - currently open for business at 162 Riddiford St, Newtown, as part of a community art project. Also selling artworks by Kazz Funky Blue.
Magdalena Aotearoa newslettering is always a special performance - no two times the same. The creative atmosphere and the glorious clothing to drape oneself in added much to the form and dynamic of this piece. So did the mirrors... and the biscuits.

Whiteness musings

watching others watching milk
Judith's image about
Judith's image about

This morning the weather was wild and the sky so wild wet and grey I felt I was inside of a cloud, like being in a whiteout on a mountain, but not as white. I thought again about our milk experiencing from the Gathering 09.
This afternoon, I read about a book called Milk and Melancholy by Kenneth Hayes. It's not in wgtn city library but maybe I will ask them to get it. It looks at milk through the art of photography. Starting with 'Edgerton's famous photograph' which turns out to be the one of a time-stopped splash on milk looking like a little crown on a white pond.

Newsletter subscribe process problems

You can't pay for the newsletter unless you are logged in.
You don't find this out until you get to an access denied page which is both rude and discouraging.

One option is to hide the subscribe menutitem until you are logged in, and have a "log in to subscribe" button instead. Though they still then have to choose to pay again. I wonder if Logintoboggan might fix this problem - or would it hijack all logins rather than just these ones?

Site hierarchy and menus

There could be some benefit in playing around with the way things are organised. has a free card sorting online survey, where up to 9 people (free version) can arrange items and give them headings, or arrange items under given headings.

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