michael j. morris


Ballistic creative update

I don’t have time for paragraphs today. Or maybe even sentences. But I have these little snippets of info pertaining to the dances in which I am involved. Here we go:

Jeff said this and it feels true: “click here for slideshow or 6-8 character limit” almost feels too intimate to share. It’s been our little secret since June, and now doing it in front of people . . . well, it feels very different.

I felt really unstable (physically, emotionally, contextually) last night during our piece. I think so much shifted so quickly from the private to the public. I hope to find my ease and grounding by tonight. This is such amazingly familiar material, it’s been living in my body for months . . . and yet that quickly, given all these intersecting/shifting contexts, it changed.

The dancing feels like loving, in both projects, and the loving is complicated as loving often is.

Even though it was necessary, it feels strange to think of Erik and Amanda rehearsing the “autumn quartet” without Eric and I last night (we were at dress rehearsal for “Anthro(pop)ology II”), almost as strange as Eric and I rehearsing without them last week. It almost feels illicit when the dance is so tangled up in interpersonal intimacy.

I saw Anna Sullivan’s new piece for “Anthro(pop)ology II” last night and I was stunned, amazed, horrified, and elevated, all at once. I think it is wonderful. Shocking. I didn’t feel that there was anything about it that was not fucked up, and somehow it embodied that condition so completely . . . it’s sexy and dark and twisted at parts, athletic at parts, lots of skin, lots of touching and contact and an exciting sound score . . . I am so happy to be dancing in a show with this piece.

So come see the show!

“Anthro(pop)ology II opens on Friday, November 13th and closes Sunday, November 15th. Friday & Saturday shows at 8 pm, Sunday matinee 3 pm. Buy your tickets early at www.amerifluff.com

Anthro(pop)ology is an on-going theatrical series of collaborations between edgy performance art groups committed to creating works that think and frolic outside the box. Each group presents a sharply honed 30 minute performance that showcases its unique artistic panache while at the same time re-enforcing a playful, unifying agenda aimed at critiquing pop culture superficialities, incongruities, and/or injustices.
Anthro(pop)ology II includes premiere performances by Anatomical Scenario Movement Theatre, TUPACO Dance, and cocoloupedance.

purchase tickets at www.amerifluff.com

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can’t wait to see tupa’s and anna’s pieces tonight.
see the whole thing as a THING.

also am curious to know what your brother thought of “click here”

and yes…this whole project (ours, hers, yours) are completely interwoven with love and the complexities of “us”…….i’m kind of living in a state of rapturous confusion. just when something seems nailed down, i get on stage and have a completely different experience. your private/public situation is altogether real to me as i sit and reveal via cryptic messages how i’m feeling in the moment of seeing you all dance.

one thing that’s thrilling me: while i’m typing on stage i know i’m missing some of the most beautiful moments that may ever come into my life. the need to look up is devastating. but my purpose in the dance is to “update” the status of it…the dance….myself and the dance. BUT when i do look up…instead of seeing the larger swaths of dancing i notice a twitch in a lip, an eye blink, a sudden head tilt, or the tiniest shadow along a hairline or shirt edge. these itty bitty details are so etched and seem so prophetic to me that i almost have to steel myself against an emotional surge caused by them.

and then i have to turn back to the keyboard. with that immediate sensation caused by my glance into our world and by the memories of the movements and conversations from the previous months of being together.

i don’t know what all of this means. except it is possibly one of the richest creative and performative experiences i’ve ever had. whatever all of this is, i feel it deeply and know it intimately.

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