Molly Kay Stoltz

dancer - teacher - choreographer

Musings on "Garden of Names"

I've been taking time this month to catch up with friends in the city this month. When not rehearsing, I've been making sauerkraut, holding babies, and visiting over a cup of coffee and a gluten-free doughnut. I hope that I've had the chance to see you in person, if you are reading this! But, if not, now is the time to come and see me in my first production of this Spring before I dive into a busy summer. 

I've been busy working with Zorongo Flamenco on "Garden of Names". Below is a link for tickets (and I encourage you to get them now!). It's been a really great experience for me to make connections again between Zorongo Flamenco and Flying Foot Forum, who are working together on this piece that they originally created in the 90's. Watching old videos of this performance, gleaning material from it, and seeing how the work is both transforming in the re-creation, and also how it is still relevant in our time, has been an invaluable learning experience. This piece is very theatrical, and tells a story, and you do not need to understand flamenco in order to understand the story or the emotions. 

If you have a little time to read a book that is deep but doesn't take too long to finish, please go out and find "Imagining Argentina" by Lawrence Thornton. The book is set in Argentina during the Dirty War in the 70's, and although it is fictional, it is full of truths. This is the story which Susana DiPalma, our director, has re-imagined for "Garden of Names". I just finished reading it, and wanted to share one quote with you, which refers to those that represent the government in Argentina, who disappeared thousands of people during this War. Perhaps you can see parallels in today's world...

“They can see everything they want to, but never forget that they cannot see beyond the distortion of their imagination where there is no color and everything exists in black and white. And that is why we will survive, because they do not have what is necessary to defeat us. The real war is between our imagination and theirs, what we can see and what they are blinded to. Do not despair. None of them can see far enough, and so long as we do not let them violate our imagination we will survive.” 

Recovering, or why I love my body workers

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Early November, I suddenly found myself experiencing a sharp pain between my shoulder blade and spinal cord. You'd think it was a dance injury, but I honestly believe it was from me stupidly not holding a phone with my hands and instead squishing it between my shoulder and ear. Of course. 

I decided to try a massage therapist my teacher recommended to me. (Thanks Karla!). He thought it best to try his chiropractor. But before I could schedule an appointment, the wind literally knocked me off of my bike in December. The next day my ribcage felt bruised, but manageable. Seven days later, while reaching up to adjust my rearview mirror, I felt/heard a POP in my ribcage and suddenly found it difficult to take in a breath. Explaining why I couldn't make it to dance class that night was interesting- "Well, I was reaching for my rearview mirror, and now I can't breathe, sorry I can't make it to class!" You can't make this up. Seriously, HOW?

When I finally got in to the chiropractor mid-December, she had a lot of work to do! But, one month, one more massage, and three adjustments later I am FINALLY feeling back to normal-ish. This all brings me to my point...

1. I love my chiropractor. I know some people don't believe in/trust them but I've been getting adjusted since I was small. I know what I feel like if I don't get adjusted, and I know what I feel like when I do get adjusted. I most definitely prefer the later.

2. A good massage therapist who really gets dancers is a precious gift. They can give you tools to take into your daily life that help you learn from pain and injury and become stronger and better.

3. A good chiropractor + a good massage therapist = a happy body. I am starting to see how my body workers tag-team issues throughout my body, and where one worker may fall short, the other can pick up the slack. Trying out different modalities has been helpful in finding ways to address different issues in my body, and to manage pain, discomfort, or immobility. 

So, have you thanked your bodyworker later? Or, do you need to find one to get started on your own recovery? I encourage you to talk to your friends to get recommendations. Word of mouth has always been the best way for me to find great people to work with me. I am grateful for the work they've done the past two months, and am happy to have them as a resource moving forward in my dance career. I hope you find a bodyworker who helps you to recover, or simply learn more about yourself!

back to the grind...

I have to sometimes wonder how many half-finished websites I've left in the dust over the years...

But here's to starting fresh! A new year, a new day. If one doesn't start, then you just won't get started, as I've been heard telling my clients and students.

So, here I start.