Boise Aerial Acts

I am so excited to be performing an aerial duet number with Katie Ponozzo. Yoga brought us together and dance and aerial has kept us together. We would love to have you come see the show.

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“Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you.”

~ Eckhart Tolle

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”

~Pema Chodron

“I am not crazy, my reality is just different than yours.”

~Lewis Carroll

Steampunk Wonderland

OCD Costumes

The time is upon us. Off Center Dance is performing there next show and Friday is opening night! Above is a preview of the costumes I created for the piece Through the Looking Glass. Hope to see you there.

In Your Face is an evening of provocative modern dance highlighting six local and national choreographers. Held at the Boise Contemporary Theater:

March 8 at 8pm
March 9 at 2pm
March 9 at 8pm

In Your Face promises to bring you athletic movement, quirky choreography, humor and contemplation.

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Choreographers include:
Katie Ponozzo
Julie Petry
Stephanie Hope
Savannah Michelle
Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill
Artistic Director: Kelli Brown

Guest Artist and Costume Designer: Angela Rockefeller Bryson

Dancers: Annalise Bowman, Heidi France, Melynda Fischer, April HIll, Sarah Hackwith, Cheyanne Howell, Rachel Lyons, Sarah, Uehling, Jem Wierenga, Lisa Whitwell, Teresa Vaughan

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Everyday Beauty Everyday

Bill Cunningham

“Those who look for beauty will find it.”

~Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham is a street fashion photographer for the New York Times. He has such a passion for his work that he is still doing it at age 83. Even if fashion has never interested you, Bill Cunningham will interest you. He is a man who followed his heart (even when people balked him) and lived his passion. I tell you about Bill because I believe he is a shining example of the truest form of yogi, one who lets his spirit and conscience guide his life every minute of every day.

Published in: on February 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“I do not know just what it is that I am like. I wander about concealed and wrapped in thought.”



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Yogi Tunes

Where did you get your music?  This is a question that, as a yoga teacher, I often hear.  Some yogis prefer to practice in silence, but many find that soulful music helps them access layers within their practice more easily.  Well, I was so excited to recently discover a website dedicated entirely to music for yoga practice.  Not only do they offer all kinds of inspirational music, but you can purchase playlists put together by some of my favorite teachers such as Hala Khouri, Suzanne Sterling, Micheline Berry and Jo Tastula!  This is a great resource for both teachers and students. Enjoy.


Published in: on August 19, 2011 at 5:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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There is a fifth dimension…

… beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.

~ Rod Sterling (Producer, Host and Writer, for The Twilight Zone, 1924-1975)

Saturday, May 28th was opening night for the Red Light Variety Show of The Twilight Zone.  It is a must see for anyone into the movement arts.  It is tons of fun.  The performers not only were skilled, but were obviously having a blast.  This energy swept over the audience and drew us in.  Tickets are only $10 in advance or $12 at the door.  It is held at the Visual Arts Collective, which is just minutes of downtown with tons of parking.  Three more showings in June, don’t miss it!

Published in: on May 30, 2011 at 5:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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My Ears Perk-Up

Music gives
a soul to the universe,
wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination,
…and life to everything.
— Plato

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Off-Center @ Salt Tears

Off-Center Dance Project

Last weekend I was lucky enough to watch the Off-Center dance Project perform at my new favorite hangout, Salt Tears. This group of dancers are powerful and passionate. Above all when you watch them perform you can see they are having so much fun.  Kelli Brown, a fellow Shanti yoga graduate, is the artistic directer for OCDP.  I hope that you will keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to see these wonderful ladies in action. Kelli has assured me that they will be returning to Green Chutes Art Co-op and Salt Tears again soon.  If you have not yet heard about this great new eatery and artists collective, I assure you it is time.  The food is great, there is tons of art to browse and it is right in my neighborhood.

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The Family Pervails

Unfortunately I had to miss yoga today in lieu of writing a paper for school. I have been taking a cinema class over the holiday break. I really enjoy Wes Anderson films and decided to analyze The Darjeeling Limited for my cinematic essay.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I would call it a ‘must see’. As like most Wes Anderson films it is very stylized, vivid in color and makes you think. Each time I watch it I see new details I didn’t see before. I had to keep the essay somewhat short so I focused in on the examination one of my favorite features of the film. The ironic use of a group of inanimate objects to drive home a deeper message about life. See if you agree or have a different take.


Original art by Elloh on Etsy

Analysis of The Darjeeling Limited

When taking a deeper look at the movie The Darjeeling Limited by Wes Anderson, it could be difficult to choose what to focus on. His work is very stylized and could be analyzed purely on the movie’s visual impact as art, but I believe the true value lies in the movie’s implicit message. Yes, the movie is about three brothers on a journey after the loss of their father, but although this is the structure by which the story is told, it is not the message of value I am referring to. The real message of the story lies in the universal relationship between individuals and how not only their experiences, but their material world influences their relationships.  This is a dilemma that most of us living in the developed world face every day. What is important to happiness or a high quality of life? How do we determine our priorities and do the decisions we make everyday reflect what we truly desire from life? This dilemma is not unique to the western world, but it is definitely intensified by our capitalist culture. This is why I believe the movie is placed in India. The setting of India presents a stark contrast between wealth and poverty. This contrast is the perfect backdrop to present the question, how do the external world and our relationship with it affect our life satisfaction?  There are many ways the movie presents this question, but I would like to look more closely at the use of a set of luggage.

The three brothers meet on a train traveling through India. The first scene presenting all three brothers also presents the luggage. They are packed into a tiny room with a mountain of luggage piled on all sides of them. It is a matched set and pieces are hanging from hooks, stacked on the floor and sitting on the benches next to them. With each cross-cut from one shot to another the luggage appears at different places within the frame. One shot there is a piece in the bottom right of the frame, the next shot a piece is at the bottom left of the frame and the third shot there is a piece in the center of the frame. By strategically placing the luggage in different places within each shot the sense that the brothers are completely surrounded by the luggage is psychologically enhanced. It becomes immediately evident that they place a lot of importance on the ‘things’ in their life.

We soon find out through a flashback that the luggage belonged to their late father. It is implied that the brothers, even before the father’s funeral, began splitting up the father’s belongings including the luggage. It is in fact their desire to get the father’s Porsche from the mechanics shop that makes them miss the funeral. They are so busy gathering and hoarding their material inheritance that they perpetuate the dysfunction within their family.

The brothers get kicked off the train after a fight that turns physical and includes the use of mace. Jack says, “I love you too, but I’m gonna mace you in the face!” Standing on the platform outside the train the camera cuts to a shot of Jack with the mountain of luggage stacked behind him. It is not long before we pan along with the brothers as they trudge across the dessert weighted down by their luggage. This is the point where it becomes explicit that the luggage is truly representative of the emotional baggage they family carries around between them. It weighs on them, slows their progress and stands between them.

Daylight finds them hiking along a canal where they are required to temporarily throw the baggage aside to jump into the current and save three young boys’ lives. Peter fails in saving ‘his’ boy. The family of the dead boy brings them into their home and asks them to stay for the funeral. The baggage is only shown from a distance. It is still present but no longer in the foreground. Each brother is shown individually taking part in the daily rituals of the Indian family.

Upon leaving the village the camera again pans with the brothers’ travels. This time the three are seen riding together on a small motorbike. We smile at the three together, so physically close, on a little bike. We have a hope that the child’s death and the connection to his family has been a catalyst to bring these brothers closer. But the hope is short lived as the camera zooms out to include within the frame a small truck overloaded with their baggage following close behind.

The baggage is at a distance, but continues to stay ever present through the film. The baggage no longer crowds into the frame. The brothers seem to have found a bit of comfort or acceptance of each other in the final scenes. Each brother is shown making an effort to take part in the present moment and each other’s lives. With this new sense of contentment the brothers ride to the train station with their baggage. They arrive late and rush toward the train. The baggage is hanging from their shoulders, clenched in their hands and balancing on porter’s heads as they race for the train. It looks as if they will miss the train. We get a close-up of all three brothers, then cross-cut to a panning shot in slow motion. The music picks up tempo and the back of the train edges almost out of the frame. One by one the baggage gets dropped and each brother closes in on the train. Finally all three make it aboard without baggage in tow and with a bit of help from each other. Jack gives a hand to Francis and they both help Peter. The family prevails. Francis says, “Let’s go have a drink and smoke a cigarette.”

Written by Angela R.  Bryson

Published in: on January 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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