Tribal Revelations…with a side of fries

We were forced to miss out on last year’s TR, because…life.  I didn’t realize how much I would miss it until I wasn’t able to go.  Not only that, but a large chunk of last year, and into the earlier part of this year, I was battling some persistent depression.  Which helps nothing.  Ever.

But, I am not going to write about depression today.

There are some interesting developments happening to us as individuals.  I’m moving at a slower pace (as is my nature), but bits at a time, I’m coming back to my Goddesshood.  Kat, on the other hand, is excelling at the speed of a supernova.

So…while creating new things…all these weird movements started happening.  We were digging on it, but wondered whether or not we were on the right track as far as where we were heading in the ever-evolving nature of our style.

And then Michelle Sorensen happened.  When the pupil is ready, as the saying goes…and it was validation after validation after validation.  Her teaching style, HERSELF, everything about that day resonated within us.  We LOVE her.  And it’s not like once we took the workshops, the love fest was over…she’s been there ever since, even in the smallest of ways.  I could go on and on and never say enough about how wonderful she is.

So, that was in May.

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We crammed—in my basement of all places, because the studio moved—to get a new piece finished in time for Tribal Revolution.  Michelle’s influence helped us immensely in the creation process (thank you!), and we got it done with time to spare for running through—not much time, but still.

There were some nail-biting moments once we were in Wheeling, namely whether or not we would finish our costumes in time (we did, with some minor malfunctions…) and we were able to run through the piece several times before taking the stage at the Saturday night show.

This piece was different from the beginning…aside from starting out like we always do (center stage, side by side…my favorite place to be with my bestie).

That said, the reception was different as well, although none of it was bad feedback.  The thing is, like a dear friend of ours said, “I preferred your other piece, but it’s not fair to say you can only do one style of thing.”  Right you are.

We’ve done the creepy, and for a good while, we did the sad.  But the sad is just not where we are right now…we are in a time of transition, and a time of empowerment.  I anticipate our future numbers will follow in that vein of being powerful and strong, with a laser-like focus on executing our movements with the care and precision they deserve.  Too long we rested on our laurels and sank and reached and melted to music…we can still melt, but we want to show that there’s so much more to us than that.

I hope you will all stick with us as we trek this path.

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The stand-out experience at this TR was with Miss Kami Liddle.  Kat and I both agreed that it has always been that way whenever we’ve had the opportunity to study with her–she always teaches a subject that we’re needing at that particular moment.  She’s an excellent teacher, and this year the workshop focused on moving the whole body.  It was liberating…and exactly what I have been craving as a dancer for some time now.  I gave zero fucks if I looked silly, because we were all moving together, and we were only thinking about our own bodies…no one was looking at us.  Well, Kami probably was, but she’s the teacher, so…

I think that’s all I have for the moment…thank you to Ruby Beh for getting the freedom ball rolling, Michelle for…I can’t even <3…, and Kami for bringing it all home!

xoxoxo –

Domh-Domh

More on March 8th…if you haven’t seen the FB pages…

Raks Incendia Presents:  Workshops with Leilani!

Raks Incendia Presents:  A Fusion Dance Showcase!

Coming up in May…

Detroit Raqs 2013 is fast approaching…

http://detroitraqs.com/Home.html

We’ll be teaching a workshop based on some of our favorite sticky, slow movements and combinations…while attempting to break them down and explain the muscle movement and mechanics that go into each fluid motion.

Hope to see you there….register here:

http://detroitraqs.com/Workshops.html

As always…we love to hear from you. If you have questions, comments or requests…contact us!

Mwah!

Domh & Kat

Summer time…when the living is…weird

Hey everyone!

It’s been a couple of months, so I just thought I would post a brief update on what’s new and exciting in Raks Incendia-land.

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Well, there you have it!

For the first time in two years, there’s really not a whole lot going on for us this summer…at least right now.  Last year we were away almost every weekend at different events, but June and July this year?  Not so much.

I think it has to do with the fact that the usual events just aren’t happening this year like they were last year, and…we’ve made some decisions about what and where we will and/or won’t perform.

It has presented us with the opportunity to work on new projects without the added pressure of an impending show…so that has been really nice.  It has also us more to spend with our families and just be.

For myself, I can say that on one hand I am incredibly depressed that I am not out on the road dancing and getting to see all of our awesome friends in Michigan and other places.  On the other hand, it has been a bit of a blessing…because of what’s going on in my private world.

One of my closest friends is getting married July 23rd and I am the M.O.H…I am also making the wedding dress.  This particular friend, Ivy, lives in Portland, so I am handling a lot of details in her absence…namely the dress, but also the flowers.  I also have an actual day job that requires my attention five days a week from 8-5, martial arts training…oh, and college which I attend online. 

That said, it looks like the end of this month will see some activity for Raks Incendia.  There are a couple of local events we will probably attend, and I was recently contacted by someone who wants us to come downstate for an event as well.  October will be the big one, though…*cackles*

We are working on a few new concepts for October,  but of course we will be able to perform them at other times in the year.  They just have to be ready by October.  🙂

I also believe there is talk of a workshop with some new Raks Incendia-style choreo created just for you guys…so stay tuned for those details…

In the interim until we are invading a town near you, feel free to e-mail us or leave comments with any questions or particular (peculiar ones are good, too) remarks…we would love to hear from you!

Best,

Domh D