Hello from Arizona!

Edith Warner came west in search of solitude, space and sky. Dance Exchange and The Matter of Origins have certainly found the space and the sky out here at Arizona State University. Gammage Theatre designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is vast and beautiful. The view from our hotel balconies is full of palm trees, cactii and mountains.

What we have not found, nor have we looked for, is solitude. We are here working with 44 student tea servers and 50 provocateurs, as well as the terrific crew at the theatre. Some of the provocateurs have been recruited by friends and arrive at the training not quite certain what this is all about. As they listen to what “tea” is and how the idea came about they are drawn in to the excitement and opportunities they will be exploring at their table. The tea servers are busy learning how to handle trays of cake and iPads as they dance between the tables.

Shula in Arizona

I have the pleasure of playing Edith in one of the Tea Rooms. Tamara Pullman is Edith in both Act One and in the other Tea Room. We get to dance with yet another two fantastic physicists- Tamara with Lawrence Krauss, director of the Origins Project here at ASU, and I with Tanmay Vachaspati, director of the Cosmology Initiative here. They have both totally thrown themselves into the project (quite literally- at one point they propel themselves off a chair and are caught by two dancers) and have proven once again that physicists are actually dancers at heart.

Coming off our sold out week in Montclair, New Jersey, the dancers are ready to soar. We look forward to a great dress rehearsal tonight and another stellar performance tomorrow.

Hey DC- you had better give us some warm weather when we get back. We are being so spoiled by the brilliant, warm sunshine out here.

About Shula Strassfeld

Shula Strassfeld began dancing “too late” and has been dancing ever since. She joined Dance Exchange in 2007.