This journal entry is inspired by true events. Some of the characters, names, businesses, incidents, and certain locations and events have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes. Any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional.
Written by Mingjie Zhai, IG@SFfoodphotographer
Photo by Sandy Leung IG@SFfoodphotographer
“Bring contemporary modern dance into the genuine form,” the woman with the blue dress and the blue eyes tells Angelie. She looks like she could be Rebecca Stamos’ little sister.
“The individual identity of each dancer is being taken away with the commercialization of it nowadays that I just want to emphasize the uniqueness of each dancer.”
She stands tall amongst the crowd in her bold blue dress. It was the after party and libations were passed around in red and white wines, Blue Moons and Fat Tires, and Perriers.
“We don’t have the shared experiences like we used to and this is my way of forcing people to be close to each other when you don’t know them, bring people together having never met. Bring together and force them to make decisions that are uncomfortable, and to live in the moment.”
January 1, 2016, Boroka Nagy sets out to create the best of both worlds:
Dance and Intimacy
“My generation (I’m 26) is less happy, and research shows that loneliness comes from being detached,” she says, and a few patrons interrupt the interview to compliment her on the amazing set of performers. “I hope that the experience itself created the intimacy we are pushing for.”
“I come from NY, and I had to mold myself to become what the director wanted me to become. Now that I run my own company, I want to fuse the discipline of classic modern training with the flexibility of individual uniqueness. The dynamic between director and dancer is constantly being transformed between the structure and the fluidity of dance.”
“My movements are really hard and technical, so I really don’t know where I find the balance between technical and unique creative expression. I draw my inspiration from how the body react to emotions.”
Angelie sees an attractive man standing by himself with a beer, and she instinctively went over to him to say hi. She had this picture of him on a journey, enriching himself in culture. He is smart, a techie, a musician, and whatever fantasy identity she projected on him.
“What brings you here tonight?” Angelie asks.
“I’m here with my wife. She’s supporting her friends,” he points over at the petite cute chicana.
Angelie blushes. She is caught red handed for hitting on her husband.
When the wifey came back, and Angelie remembers why she was here in the first place.
“Hey, I was just asking your husband about how he liked the show as an audience member. I’m a blogger and I’d like to ask a few of the attendees what their experience is like.”
Her name is Christine Gregory. Turns out she is also a dancer and she is here supporting a few of her friends. Angelie takes the phone out and begins recording the conversation.
Simon Harris Company Manager
“I lost my brother at an early age. We were close. Because it happened so suddenly, I really didn’t know how or what to make of it.”
Simon has shaped the memories of their love like David’s Statue: classic, priceless and designed to inspire.
He got into dance because the moves were sudden, and soon he shifted his body into the suddenness because that was the truth of the shock trapped in his body.
Movements that are fluid, interrupted by structured staccatos are his signature strength in contemporary and modern dance. It was the movement he discovered into full bloom. A lifestyle like the way he walks, talks, and eats his food.