Stop Screwing Around and Practice

I told all my students I'd be blogging all sorts of updates this week. But the truth is that I've been more consumed with practicing than I'd anticipated. Luckily, there was many more rehearsals than I'd initially known about (this is a very good thing, I really didn't understand how we were supposed to get it all working with a single rehearsal...) and I jettisoned everything I was going to do with my family except the Mets game Wednesday night.

I have many pictures of the rehearsals, I'll have more images from the show and backstage. I'm not going to post them this second because the hotel internet is sketchy, and every moment that I'm not practicing is a moment that I need to stop screwing around and practice.

Still, I wanted to capture this moment before it passes. Tech rehearsal is in two hours, then full dress rehearsal, then the show. I'll be walking through the Carnegie Hall stage door and you guys won't hear from me until it's all done.

I'm thinking about a lot of people right now. First, of Patty Zimmermann and Art Jones. Patty encouraged me to pursue my whim ten years ago of extending experimental film into the live arena. She let me experiment in all kinds of shows at Ithaca College, eventually working up to full-blown VJ battles with Art. These were epic events, and I learned a ton about moving a crowd from him. I'm thinking about Evan Meaney, from whom I first learned to break data.

I'm thinking about great people I work with at the University of South Carolina. My colleagues (especially you, Laura Kissel) have been so supportive as this project has consumed everything and I've dropped the occasional ball. My students (especially you, Cecil Decker, and Marie Smith, and Matt Rice) have been so understanding of my absent-mindedness of late. My chair, Peter Chametzky, and my dean, Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, have been so supportive in helping me to be able to come and work here in New York all week. And all my buds on the twitters and the facebooks who have bought tickets, spread the word, and have generally puffed up my ego.

And there's Dan Visconti, the tremendous composer who is the prime move for this whole thing. I'm so glad to be able to work with him, and that he's been so interested in combining our work. Everyone should get to work with such a generous collaborator sometime.

And especially my loves, Jen and Caspar. I hope their patience with me never has to be as boundless as it seems.

OK. More later. I have to... well, you know.