Monday, May 25, 2009

Louis Gervais In Performance

On Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, Louis Gervais in Performance with special guests Joan Laage, Joseph Schanbeck and Morgan Houghton.

Studio 267,
Meany Hall
University of Washington,

8 p.m.
donations accepted

For this show, I'm going to try some new things. First of all, Joseph Schanbeck will perform one of my solos. This is the first time I've set one of my solos on another dancer and Joseph does it beautifully.

Another thing I'm going to try is to step into a sort of narrator role. Usually, I just do my thing without any explanation, but this time I'm going to share a little bit about my work as I perform.

Joseph and Morgan Houghton are going to perform a little duet that came from a composition class last quarter. It's a really sweet look at childhood friendship between boys.

Also! Joan Laage will be performing a solo in Red Square just before my show from 7:00 - 7:45. Joan is a Butoh performer extraordinaire! It will make for an exciting evening of dance.

Here's a little video of the opening piece called Evolution. It's my take on the challenges that face us as a species. Will we have the good fortune to continue to evolve or will be done in by the pollution and violence that threaten to stop us in our tracks?

The Nobles of Versailles

During the reign of Louis XIV, the nobles of his court lived at the Palace at Versailles where they were forced to learn to dance. This is the way in which Louis kept his courtiers from rising against him. In order to rise in influence, the nobles spent their days taking dance lessons and participating in dance productions in which Louis himself would be the star performer.
For the MFA/Faculty show at the UW, I created a piece that explored the world of these earliest ballet dancers. The two characters in ballgowns are sophisticated and slightly unruly members of the upper class that are shadowed by the characters in underwear that represent their inner desires for freedom and sensuality. These characters emerge from beneath the skirts of the nobles at the beginning of the piece.

The fantastic cast from l to r: Kate Jensen, Annie Chang, Louis Gervais (choreographer), Joseph Schanbeck, Fausto Rivera.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ellen Degeneres

Here's Ellen giving a common cement speech at Tulane University. Great speech!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cell Phone and Brain Cancer

I usually only put happy fun stuff on my blog, but for years I have hated the feeling of having a cell phone near my head. I try to always use an earpiece and I uncourage those that I love to do the same. Please just think about how obvious it would be that the electromagnetic field of a cell phone would interfere with the electromagnetic field of the human brain. Please use a hands free just to be on the safe side.

Friday, May 08, 2009


Super Slow Mo Surfing

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Sleepy Head Dance