daily kaddish: from the floor of Space Place


Today’s kaddish is an excerpt recorded on the floor at Space Place, the University of Iowa Dance Department‘s theater. I’m in town for two weeks for the annual Dance Gala. I’m working with tuba professor John Manning, dance professor Charlotte Adams, and ten dancers “in a challenging collaborative form, combining improvised music and structured movement,” as department chair George de la Peña’s introductory notes described it.

Today we had our tech rehearsal, and today’s kaddish is an excerpt from the opening of that, where I lie downstage on my back, playing Kogan’s “Kaddish” for about a minute, until a dancer runs onstage and grabs my horn away from me. At that point, a percussion track recorded by John Manning takes over, and he and I improvise over that as the dance continues.

About erin

Erin Vang, PMP, BMus, MMus, is Owner and Principal Pragmatist of the consultancy Global Pragmatica LLC®, offering custom JMP scripting, localization program management, and facilitative leadership services. She is also an orchestral horn player who freelances in the San Francisco Bay Area and plays assorted brass for the celebrated dance bands Midnight Smørgåsbord and contraPtion. More about Erin…
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